Were thrilled to install not one but two of Mark di Suveros striking, vibrant, and imaginative sculptures at the NCMA
, says Linda Dougherty, the Museums chief curator and curator of contemporary art. These sculpturesappearing to defy gravity with a tremendous sense of dynamism, energy, and movementwill be a perfect addition to the Park, engaging with both the landscape and our visitors.
Internationally renowned for the monumental steel sculptures he has created for over five decades, Di Suvero employs the industrial tools of cutting and welding torches and cranes to create massive, architectural works out of steel I-beams. The improbable angles and sharp lines of his constructions, like giant 3-D drawings, activate the landscapes they are placed in with enormous, forceful, sweeping gestures. Playing with balance and suspension, some works, like No Fuss, have movable parts that swing and rotate.
The enormous, bold sculptures will energize the Museum Park in a whole new waydrawing visitors into the new gardens and rolling meadow, welcoming passersby from the street front, and adding a new element of color and geometric line that will contrast beautifully with the natural landscape, says Dan Gottlieb, the NCMAs director of planning, design, and the Museum Park. Placing Ulala at Blue Ridge Road and No Fuss in the meadow will help unify the campus and visually signify to visitors that they are at the NCMA.
The dynamic geometry, powerful size, and expansive scale of his work are the result of his creative process. I dont build small models or draw detailed plans first, says Mark di Suvero. I start with a vision, a dream of what I want to do, and see where it goes.
Di Suvero lives and works in New York, N.Y.