Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Loutit Lecture Halls
Location Notes:
LTT; West Atrium; Near Rm 103; Suspended from ceiling

Six Lines

Artwork
Identifier:
1998.345.1
Artist:
George Rickey
Credit:
Gift of Mrs. Irving J. Bissell
Medium:
Brass and aluminum
Date:
circa 1968
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 45 ft Width: 36 ft
Note: (Est)
Description:
Five metal "blades" hinged to each other so that they can move.
Historical Context:
This is a maquette or study for a larger work. George Rickey's work is reproduced in most art history survey books. His work is considered important since it was one of the early attempts at making sculptures which interacted with the environment. Each sculpture is intended to have its parts activated by the wind to have its parts activated by the wind and its sanded and polished surfaces embellished by natural sunlight. Since Rickey's work is intended to be seen when the linear elements are rocking back and forth, his work is often cited in relation to kinetic art. Thus, to view his work inside affords a limited observation. The machine precision and finish of Six Lines is important also to the aesthetic here since the artist wanted to comment on the fact that we live in an industrialized society and that art should reflect this.