OOSI Sculpture

Snow Fence

1981 / Gene Kangas / Cleveland

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The shadow of a little girl with an umbrella sits on a narrow green pipe accompanied by a similarly sillhouetted dog. The pipe sits softly on the grass between the Thwing Center and the Mather building. As it approaches Thwing, it suddenly shoots into the air and doubles back over itself, 15 feet up, coiling as it sinks into the dirt across the yard. 6 colorful metal planks rest precariously against the undulating pipe. The whole structure looks like it might collapse with even the slightest breeze.

The bright colors and goofy angles of Snow Fence remind the viewer of a child's toy, or an amusement park ride, while the black-as-night silhouettes of the little girl and her dog lend a somber balance. Anticipation and expectancy dominate the piece. The little girl waits for rain, as the dog waits for her word, and as we wait for the whole sculpture to come crashing down in a ringing, rattling ruckus.

Snow Fence was the first sculpture acquired by the Putnam Collection in 1981.

Location: Next to the Thwing Center, the student union., Euclid Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Gene Kangas, “Snow Fence,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 28, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/340.

Dublin Core

Title

Snow Fence

Description

The shadow of a little girl with an umbrella sits on a narrow green pipe accompanied by a similarly sillhouetted dog. The pipe sits softly on the grass between the Thwing Center and the Mather building. As it approaches Thwing, it suddenly shoots into the air and doubles back over itself, 15 feet up, coiling as it sinks into the dirt across the yard. 6 colorful metal planks rest precariously against the undulating pipe. The whole structure looks like it might collapse with even the slightest breeze.

The bright colors and goofy angles of Snow Fence remind the viewer of a child's toy, or an amusement park ride, while the black-as-night silhouettes of the little girl and her dog lend a somber balance. Anticipation and expectancy dominate the piece. The little girl waits for rain, as the dog waits for her word, and as we wait for the whole sculpture to come crashing down in a ringing, rattling ruckus.

Snow Fence was the first sculpture acquired by the Putnam Collection in 1981.

Creator

Date

1981

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Next to the Thwing Center, the student union.

Location Street

Euclid Avenue

Creation Date

01/01/1981