OOSI Sculpture

Terrestrial Gest

1987 / David L. Deming / Columbus

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Terrestrial Gest was created in the early 80's for the Chicago Art Expo. Deming at the time was showing in the Alex Middleton Gallery in Dallas. One of the benefits of showing at the Alex Middleton was that any artist renting a space there was allowed to show one sculpture outside. So the Gallery arranged and paid for Deming to create a sculpture of his choice to display outside. Terrestrial Gest was the final result.

Terrestrial Gest is a blocky, heavy abstract piece whose massive center waves and curls down to the three delicate corners that hold it all together. Deming described that, despite loving to draw, he never starts sculpture with a drawing. Because sculpture is a three dimensional art form, creating a one dimensional reference piece that can only be viewed from one angle severely inhibits the creative process. Sculpting so early in the process leads to creations like Terrestrial Gest, which was discovered rather accidentally. While fiddling around with a preliminary clay sculpt, Deming discovered the design he made looked much better on its side. So he added a leg to it on the other side to make it more even, which necessitated a third leg for stability's sake. Thus, Deming created his first ever tripod, which marked the beginning of his tripod series, a fast favorite of his.

Deming was quick to note that he considers the bold volumes and imposing center of mass, being balanced so delicately on the three legs to be visually stimulating and interesting. His sculptures seemingly defy gravity, and the minimal contact with the ground instills a light, upwards energy into the heavy center.

Location: Thurber Park, 77 Jefferson Ave

County

: Franklin

Citation

: David L. Deming, “Terrestrial Gest,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed July 17, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/863.

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Title

Terrestrial Gest

Description

Terrestrial Gest was created in the early 80's for the Chicago Art Expo. Deming at the time was showing in the Alex Middleton Gallery in Dallas. One of the benefits of showing at the Alex Middleton was that any artist renting a space there was allowed to show one sculpture outside. So the Gallery arranged and paid for Deming to create a sculpture of his choice to display outside. Terrestrial Gest was the final result.

Terrestrial Gest is a blocky, heavy abstract piece whose massive center waves and curls down to the three delicate corners that hold it all together. Deming described that, despite loving to draw, he never starts sculpture with a drawing. Because sculpture is a three dimensional art form, creating a one dimensional reference piece that can only be viewed from one angle severely inhibits the creative process. Sculpting so early in the process leads to creations like Terrestrial Gest, which was discovered rather accidentally. While fiddling around with a preliminary clay sculpt, Deming discovered the design he made looked much better on its side. So he added a leg to it on the other side to make it more even, which necessitated a third leg for stability's sake. Thus, Deming created his first ever tripod, which marked the beginning of his tripod series, a fast favorite of his.

Deming was quick to note that he considers the bold volumes and imposing center of mass, being balanced so delicately on the three legs to be visually stimulating and interesting. His sculptures seemingly defy gravity, and the minimal contact with the ground instills a light, upwards energy into the heavy center.

Creator

Date

1987

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Thurber Park

Location Street

77 Jefferson Ave

Installation Date

07/20/1995

Creation Date

01/01/1987