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…


Sol LeWitt at the Walker

November 18, 2010 – April 24, 2011

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was a major voice in American Minimalism—and from early in his career, an artist collected in depth by the Walker. This exhibition showcases a range of artwork, from his drawings and prints to a range of sculptures based on carefully conceived geometric systems. With more than 50 pieces, many of them gifts from the artist to the Walker, the exhibition also includes maquettes, wall drawings, and a selection of the influential artist’s books that link LeWitt to practitioners of conceptual art.