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Wire Sculpture intro

Elements and Principles of design

Chris Willman

on 12 June 2014

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Shape Vs. Form

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Altering the Form of the trees
3d vs. 2d
Negative space
Debra Butterfield
- Since 1979 she has taught sculpture at Montana State University, Bozeman. She raises and trains horses.
Debra Butterfield
: Woodrow (1988)
Bronze. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Jean Dubuffet's Four Trees Sculpture
Chase Bank Plaza - Downtown NYC
Lines on Planes
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Barbara Hepworth

Light creates Value
Sculptural Principles of Design
Andy Goldsworthy
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in 1986
Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe, courtesy PaceWildenstein
A highlight of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the monumental fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It weighs 7,000 pounds. The spoon is 52 feet long and 29 feet high, and the cherry alone weighs 1,200 pounds. A fine stream of water--just enough to make the aluminum cherry gleam--flows over it from the base of the stem. A second stream sprays from the top of the stem over the cherry and down into the spoon and the pool below. In winter, the snow and ice that accumulate on the sculpture change its character.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen , Spoon bridge and Cherry
Photo by Michelle (Shelly) R. Nooyen
Proportion and Scale
Oldenburg's work had drawn on the Surrealist idea — Magritte used it all the time — that a change in the Scale of an object gave it a strange power.
Change in color or texture creates Contrast
Andy Goldsworthy
Using color to create Emphasis
Andy Goldsworthy
Fabric sample for Ibaraki, Japan
Repetition of the same shape
In February 2005, for 16 days, in
Central Park,
uniformed "Gates Keepers" distributed
one million free fabric samples (7 cm x 7 cm) to the visitors.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Alexander Calder photo by Arnold Newman
Kinetic Movement
Visual or Kinetic

Frank Gehry
Visual Movement
Alexander Calder
Flamingo, 1974.
Chicago's Federal Plaza.
50 tons of steel.
53 foot tall.

What other types of
Calder's sculpture are
you familiar with?
Anish Kapoor:
Cloud Gate (aka. The Bean) - liquid mercury as inspiration
Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, and its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 tons (220000 lbs.)
Alexander Calder, 1898 - 1976
".125", 1957
International John F. Kennedy Airport
Alexander Calder
U.S. postage samp
note: Alexander orginally trained as an engineer.
Both his father and grandfather
were sculptors.
Alexander Calder
Cow, 1929
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Alexander Calder
Sow, 1928
Alexander Calder
Romulus and Remus, 1928
Alexander Calder
Wire elephant, 1928
Alexander Calder

Mobile at Albringt Knox,
Buffalo, New York
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