OOSI Sculpture

Avignon

1997 / Arthur Gibbons / Cleveland

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Two biomorphic shapes sit upon a sculpted pedestal. One stands vertically, with a large ellipse cut out of it. The other is a solid slab with a shallow curve that rises out of the pedestal like the open lid of a clamshell. The eye travels around this piece with ease, following the plentiful contours Gibbons has supplied it with. What sets this piece apart from a lot of contemporary sculpture is the pedestal being an integral part of the sculpture. It acts as a counterpoint to the light, flowing "subject" by being heavy, solid, prismatic, and straight-edged.

When asked for comment, Gibbons stated that this piece was a "reflection upon objects I saw at the Papal palace in Avignon."

This dynamic interplay between different weights and energies is typical of Gibbons' Pedestal series, where he sculpted a number of pieces that incorporated the pedestals.

Location: Rear courtyard of Dively building, Southeast corner of Ford & Bellflower

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Arthur Gibbons, “Avignon,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 25, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1049.

Dublin Core

Title

Avignon

Description

Two biomorphic shapes sit upon a sculpted pedestal. One stands vertically, with a large ellipse cut out of it. The other is a solid slab with a shallow curve that rises out of the pedestal like the open lid of a clamshell. The eye travels around this piece with ease, following the plentiful contours Gibbons has supplied it with. What sets this piece apart from a lot of contemporary sculpture is the pedestal being an integral part of the sculpture. It acts as a counterpoint to the light, flowing "subject" by being heavy, solid, prismatic, and straight-edged.

When asked for comment, Gibbons stated that this piece was a "reflection upon objects I saw at the Papal palace in Avignon."

This dynamic interplay between different weights and energies is typical of Gibbons' Pedestal series, where he sculpted a number of pieces that incorporated the pedestals.

Creator

Date

1997

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Rear courtyard of Dively building

Location Street

Southeast corner of Ford & Bellflower

Creation Date

01/01/1997