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Title
Grass
Date
1980-1981
Dimensions
overall 151 × 104 × 37 inches
Materials
steel
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1988.10
Credit Line
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988

artwork entry Richard Stankiewicz, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

Richard Stankiewicz lived next to a scrap yard when he was a child and often made toys for himself from the random materials he found there. After studying painting in New York and sculpture in Paris, Stankiewicz returned to “junk” in 1951, creating the first of his welded steel sculptures from pieces of scrap metal he unearthed while converting his back yard into a garden. During the 1950s, Stankiewicz assembled fragments of old boiler tanks, chains, wire, machine parts, and other discarded metal objects into bizarre, often humorous “people.” Turning to more formal, abstract forms in the 1960s, he eventually abandoned junk in favor of prefabricated industrial components such as plate steel, I-beams, angle irons, and pipe. Shortly before his death in 1983, the artist began to reintroduce both found materials and representation into his works. In this piece in the Garden, the last large-scale sculpture he produced, Stankiewicz welded together hoops and pipes to create an elegantly linear form that suggests a giant, weedy tuft of grass.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 27.

© 1998 Walker Art Center