OOSI Sculpture

October Tripod

1984 / David Deming / Cleveland

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Through the 50's and the 60's, Northeast Ohio was the site of more UFO sightings than anywhere in the world. Deming's father, a North east Ohio Native and avid sci-fi fan, was fascinated by these claims and would dutifully bring home stacks of books researching the extraterrestrial. He would share his research with Deming, who soon developed his own interest in sci-fi.

Fast forward 20 years and Deming is establishing a new, iconic sculptural series styled after this interest: the tripod. Deming notes that he always felt that tripods looked like alien ships touching down. The dense, heavy looking forms that are suspended by three minimal points of contact always look unnatural and gravity-defying. Paired with a palette of bright primary colors, the Ocotber Tripod (named so because it was made in October) pops with a classic sci-fi vibe.

October Tripod has been repainted a number of times, but the bright colors have always been a staple. When it was first sculpted, the Tripod was supposed to go to the Texas State Sculpture Symposium in San Antonio so Deming wanted his piece to fit into the bright, festive vibes in San Antonio.

Location: David E. Davis Sculpture Garden, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: David Deming, “October Tripod,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed December 13, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1398.

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Title

October Tripod

Description

Through the 50's and the 60's, Northeast Ohio was the site of more UFO sightings than anywhere in the world. Deming's father, a North east Ohio Native and avid sci-fi fan, was fascinated by these claims and would dutifully bring home stacks of books researching the extraterrestrial. He would share his research with Deming, who soon developed his own interest in sci-fi.

Fast forward 20 years and Deming is establishing a new, iconic sculptural series styled after this interest: the tripod. Deming notes that he always felt that tripods looked like alien ships touching down. The dense, heavy looking forms that are suspended by three minimal points of contact always look unnatural and gravity-defying. Paired with a palette of bright primary colors, the Ocotber Tripod (named so because it was made in October) pops with a classic sci-fi vibe.

October Tripod has been repainted a number of times, but the bright colors have always been a staple. When it was first sculpted, the Tripod was supposed to go to the Texas State Sculpture Symposium in San Antonio so Deming wanted his piece to fit into the bright, festive vibes in San Antonio.

Creator

Date

1984

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

David E. Davis Sculpture Garden

Location Street

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Creation Date

1984