OOSI Sculpture

Rail

1987 / Gene Kangas / Akron

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Rail (20 feet long x 10 feet high x 10 feet wide) was commissioned by Friends of the Akron Public Library. It is painted steel and includes an abstracted fanciful landscape with birds and a cat. Situated in a lovely garden area, a colorful “L” shaped heavy steel rail, symbolic of structural architectural forms, is surrounded by curving metal pipes that seem to rise up from the earth as they grow. Flat cutout birds rest high above the ground, while a very large domestic cat sits intently watching them from below. The rail is bright blue, the organic pipes are green, the birds represent black crows and the cat is dark brown. Rail is located directly outside the children’s glass-walled reading area, and it is a favorite respite with the youngsters.

Rail is the third iteration of ideas first publicly expressed in Upper Arlington’s 1975 Dingle sculpture. The Akron Library is planning to repaint the sculpture in the Fall of 2018 as part of a regular maintenance program. Discussions have been held with the artist to ensure the proper colors and type of paint are used to retain the integrity of the artist’s original concept.

Description provided by the artist, Gene Kangas

Location: at Massillon Road, 3930 South Cleveland

County

: Summit

Citation

: Gene Kangas, “Rail,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed September 18, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/338.

Dublin Core

Title

Rail

Description

Rail (20 feet long x 10 feet high x 10 feet wide) was commissioned by Friends of the Akron Public Library. It is painted steel and includes an abstracted fanciful landscape with birds and a cat. Situated in a lovely garden area, a colorful “L” shaped heavy steel rail, symbolic of structural architectural forms, is surrounded by curving metal pipes that seem to rise up from the earth as they grow. Flat cutout birds rest high above the ground, while a very large domestic cat sits intently watching them from below. The rail is bright blue, the organic pipes are green, the birds represent black crows and the cat is dark brown. Rail is located directly outside the children’s glass-walled reading area, and it is a favorite respite with the youngsters.

Rail is the third iteration of ideas first publicly expressed in Upper Arlington’s 1975 Dingle sculpture. The Akron Library is planning to repaint the sculpture in the Fall of 2018 as part of a regular maintenance program. Discussions have been held with the artist to ensure the proper colors and type of paint are used to retain the integrity of the artist’s original concept.

Description provided by the artist, Gene Kangas

Creator

Date

1987

Source

Gene Kangas

Format

Type

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

at Massillon Road

Location Street

3930 South Cleveland

Creation Date

01/01/1988