OOSI Sculpture

Unstable Tables

1982 / Carl Floyd / Cleveland

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Four massive, roughly square stones rest on four perfectly cylindrical legs each, like hulking beasts. Each has a semi circular channel carved through the front. Across from them, three slabs of rock gather on a circular, concrete base. The four elevated stones are uneven and weighty. At any moment, all of them threaten to tip over or crush the twiggy legs beneath them. Meanwhile, the three upright slabs feel much more natural and at ease. The viewer is free to walk between the two sets of stones and feel the relationship between them.

Floyd has done an excellent job of simply arranging stones, such that a narrative begins to take shape. The brilliance of the piece lies in the ambiguity of the narrative. The three slabs could be prey, and the four might be either predators or protectors. This conflict in energy between the two sets of stones gives rise to an emotional tension that Floyd truly perfected later in his career.

Location: Next to the Carlton tennis courts, Carlton Road

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Carl Floyd , “Unstable Tables,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 25, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/306.

Dublin Core

Title

Unstable Tables

Description

Four massive, roughly square stones rest on four perfectly cylindrical legs each, like hulking beasts. Each has a semi circular channel carved through the front. Across from them, three slabs of rock gather on a circular, concrete base. The four elevated stones are uneven and weighty. At any moment, all of them threaten to tip over or crush the twiggy legs beneath them. Meanwhile, the three upright slabs feel much more natural and at ease. The viewer is free to walk between the two sets of stones and feel the relationship between them.

Floyd has done an excellent job of simply arranging stones, such that a narrative begins to take shape. The brilliance of the piece lies in the ambiguity of the narrative. The three slabs could be prey, and the four might be either predators or protectors. This conflict in energy between the two sets of stones gives rise to an emotional tension that Floyd truly perfected later in his career.

Creator

Date

1982

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Next to the Carlton tennis courts

Location Street

Carlton Road

Installation Date

01/01/1982