Jim Hodges’ Buoyant Monoliths

New outdoor installation at the Walker.

Interesting mention of environmental concerns-

Another key consideration of construction was how the boulders and seamed steel would weather Minnesota’s harsh winters. Walker registrar Joe King traveled to New York to view the work and discuss this matter with conservators and fabricators. Concerned about how frozen moisture might affect natural fissures in the stone, King also met with the artist. Between pinning and sealing some cracks, and allowing for natural deterioration of others—“letting rocks be rocks,” as King says—such concerns were allayed.

I wonder what amount of consideration was given to the mismatch in the coefficient of thermal expansion between the rock and the steel.

Anyway, looking forward to checking the piece out after installation in April 2012. I’m sure the date(s) are coincidental, but the colors do have a very “Eastery” feel to me…


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