Sculptor's large-scale steel sculpture finds a home on NH cornerJanuary 23. 2014 1:34AM
The outdoor installation joins a roster of public art on campus, including pieces by internationally recognized artists such as Mark di Suvero, Allan C. Houser, Ellsworth Kelly, Beverly Pepper, George Rickey, Richard Serra and Joel Shapiro.'As in all of Meadmore' s greatest works, 'Perdido' transforms hulking lengths of COR-TEN steel into an abstract artwork of arresting fluidity and inconceivable lightness,' said Michael Taylor, firector of the Hood Museum of Art and the Chair of Dartmouth's Public Art Committee.Meadmore studied aeronautical engineering and industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and initially pursued a career as a furniture designer. In 1953, he turned to sculpting and moved to Sydney, where he created abstract three-dimensional forms out of welded steel. Ten years later he moved to New York, where he was influenced by minimalism, an artistic movement that attempted to avoid references to anything other than pure form. But he then diverged from that tradition through the dynamic sense of physical movement with which he imbued his sculptures.The artist also insisted that his work differed from minimalism because he created it intuitively, without a preconceived form. Meadmore's sculpture is characterized by its monumental scale and seemingly weightless gracefulness.Cor-Ten steel was the artist's preferred medium , due to its natural, weathered appearance and resemblance to unused industrial beams. Meadmore created a balanced, organic arrangement in 'Perdido,' using three enormous steel beams and a concrete base from which the central form projects into space, while the other two structures curve gracefully away from one another. Crafted in 1978, 'Perdido' was installed in front of Bartlett Hall on campus on Jan. 9.