OOSI Sculpture

Terminal

1979 / Gene Kangas / Cleveland

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Covering 32 x 18 feet of concrete on Huron and Superior, is Gene Kangas' twisting "Terminal." Terminal consists of a series of winding green pipes soaring 21 feet high, a pair of silhouetted figures framed by mesh netting, and ten silhouetted crows. A Plain Dealer article from November 11, 1979 (just before the sculpture's installation was finalized) explains that the male figure is a silhouette of Kangas' model and younger brother, while the woman is based on the likeness of his Aunt Gertie, who also worked as the model.

Kangas notes that the green pipes suggest the trees and natural life swirling around and above us everyday. Silhouetted figures are a common theme throughout much of Kangas' work, especially his work on view in Cleveland. These shadows allow the viewer an easy point of entry into the work while retaining a mysterious sense of "otherness" that compels the viewer and draws them in. Having a familiar entry point, recognizable and visible from far off, is an easy way for a viewer to begin to interact with a piece, and Kangas knows that. He also likes to use silhouettes because there are many angles where the figures can completely disappear from sight, whether obscured or too narrow to recognize. By having points where the figures disappear, different narratives unfold depending on where the viewer is in the space.

Terminal is a piece that people can walk in and through, with bench seating that invites passers by to take a moment and take in the work. It interacts with the pillars of the Justice Center in a psuedo-architectural way that helps truly incorporate this piece into its surroundings.

Location: At the west end on the building., Huron Road at Superior Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Gene Kangas, “Terminal,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed August 19, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/339.

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Title

Terminal

Description

Covering 32 x 18 feet of concrete on Huron and Superior, is Gene Kangas' twisting "Terminal." Terminal consists of a series of winding green pipes soaring 21 feet high, a pair of silhouetted figures framed by mesh netting, and ten silhouetted crows. A Plain Dealer article from November 11, 1979 (just before the sculpture's installation was finalized) explains that the male figure is a silhouette of Kangas' model and younger brother, while the woman is based on the likeness of his Aunt Gertie, who also worked as the model.

Kangas notes that the green pipes suggest the trees and natural life swirling around and above us everyday. Silhouetted figures are a common theme throughout much of Kangas' work, especially his work on view in Cleveland. These shadows allow the viewer an easy point of entry into the work while retaining a mysterious sense of "otherness" that compels the viewer and draws them in. Having a familiar entry point, recognizable and visible from far off, is an easy way for a viewer to begin to interact with a piece, and Kangas knows that. He also likes to use silhouettes because there are many angles where the figures can completely disappear from sight, whether obscured or too narrow to recognize. By having points where the figures disappear, different narratives unfold depending on where the viewer is in the space.

Terminal is a piece that people can walk in and through, with bench seating that invites passers by to take a moment and take in the work. It interacts with the pillars of the Justice Center in a psuedo-architectural way that helps truly incorporate this piece into its surroundings.

Creator

Date

1979

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Location County

Location Site

At the west end on the building.

Location Street

Huron Road at Superior Avenue

Creation Date

01/01/1979