Friday, September 26, 2008

3 Sculptures in Relief

On St. Luke's United Methodist Church on the Highland Strip.

Wall Sculpture at St. Lukes

the Hippo House at the Memphis Zoo,

Wall Sculpture at Hippo House

and the Main Street Fire Station.

Wall Sculpture at South Main Fire Station

Each is a streamlined metal relief representation of the building's function, an alternative to the detailed ornament banished from modernism.

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5 Comments:

Blogger jccvi said...

I have to admit that the St. Luke's sculpture looks like an alien masquerading as an angel to me. I want to shout, "don't take the book fifties era metal children!"

9:29 AM  
Anonymous fieldguidetomemphis said...

I have to agree with jccvi. The eyes on the first one are squinty and frightening, like the children are being gobbled up by a book-eating goblin... But cool idea for public art. Two thumbs up for effort.

12:32 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

maybe Hirschfeld made it.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

Oh, thanks a LOT...

I went to the Highland library all the time as a kid and vividly remember the hideous St. Lukes Bible-dropping alien. And the zoo's lascivious hippo scared me too!

Brrrrr.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Caitlin said...

CBU has one, too, on its campus. They are pretty cool.

1:57 PM  

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