OOSI Sculpture

Waywood Walls

1983 / Brinsley Tyrrell / Cleveland

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Two sets of waist high bronze walls enclose two lifeless tree stumps. Carved on these walls are low reliefs of dried up, dying vegetation. The stumps themselves stretch upwards, as if crying out. Tyrrell has carved the trunks to look like they are bound tightly in cord. The resulting image is dreary: nature mutilated and abused. Exploited for its resources, its beauty is left as a somber, weeping reminder.

By using two similar trees of vastly different sizes, Tyrell is able to evoke images of a family in crisis. Whether older and younger sibling or parent and child, his emotionally charged representation of nature exploited prods at a central part of people's emotional psyche: family.

Tyrell was an Englishman, who moved to the US in the 70's after training in London. While living in Kent, OH, many of his sculptures were inspired by the surrounding landscapes and views.

Location: in front of the School of Dentistry, Cornell Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Brinsley Tyrrell, “Waywood Walls,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed April 24, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/202.

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Title

Waywood Walls

Description

Two sets of waist high bronze walls enclose two lifeless tree stumps. Carved on these walls are low reliefs of dried up, dying vegetation. The stumps themselves stretch upwards, as if crying out. Tyrrell has carved the trunks to look like they are bound tightly in cord. The resulting image is dreary: nature mutilated and abused. Exploited for its resources, its beauty is left as a somber, weeping reminder.

By using two similar trees of vastly different sizes, Tyrell is able to evoke images of a family in crisis. Whether older and younger sibling or parent and child, his emotionally charged representation of nature exploited prods at a central part of people's emotional psyche: family.

Tyrell was an Englishman, who moved to the US in the 70's after training in London. While living in Kent, OH, many of his sculptures were inspired by the surrounding landscapes and views.

Date

1983

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

in front of the School of Dentistry

Location Street

Cornell Avenue

Creation Date

01/01/1983