I’m usually completely unmoved by the type of large industrial sculptures you find at Storm King or Dia Beacon but I make an exception for a few. Sculptures like Torqued Ellipse (or others by Richard Serra) that physically impose upon me are impressive, and especially works that are kinetic (who doesn’t like twirling a mobile?) bridge the gap between object and viewer.
When I visited the San Francisco MOMA I saw tons of good work, including some fabulous pictures of limestone quarry explosions by Naoya Hatakeyama and the strangely hilarious wall/music piece by Ed Osborn pictured below, but the most fun I had was evading the guards trying to keep me away from Mark Di Suvero’s steel sculptures on the roof garden.
They looked like something out of Dr. Seuss books or Philip Guston paintings. Large plumbing sections and curved plates delicately balanced on tiny pivot points just demanded to be spun and rocked.
The placement (and movement) of the sculptures on the roof made for fun juxtapositions and framings of the nearby construction projects. I wonder why museums buy and display sculptures with obvious kinetic intentions and then forbid the public touching them.
The welding on the round sections was quite masterful. The line of puddled metal looks like fine stitching.