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Wing 1

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Snelson, Kenneth, Wing I
Photo Credit: 

Laura Shea

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Snelson, Kenneth, Wing I
Photo Credit: 

Laura Shea

On View
Snelson, Kenneth
American (1927-2016)
Place made: 
North America; United States
Wing 1, 1992
Stainless steel; wire
Overall: 34 1/4 in x 54 3/4 in x 38 in; 87 cm x 139.1 cm x 96.5 cm
Gift of the artist
MH 2012.53

Wing I exemplifies Kenneth Snelson’s signature approach to sculpture. Constructed with stainless steel pipes and cable, the work is in a perpetual state of balance between the structural integrity of the pipes and the tension of the cable—a concept called “tensegrity.” As one moves around it, the sculpture shifts in endlessly complex ways, but retains its essential harmony from any angle. In this way, the composition is both harmonious and beguiling. One never fully grasps the whole but instead enters into a process of perpetual discovery.

(Sept. 2016)