As a locus for explorations of both form and function, chairs occupy a position of singular importance. The works presented here attest to his passion for combining fine art and practical design and, in the process, opening up the scope of inquiry in both disciplines. The natural shapes of these chairs, and their beautiful surface—variously rough and smooth—inject aesthetic pleasure into their obvious usefulness. These objects may be appreciated as beautiful works of sculpture, but they may also be used—to relax, rest, and contemplate.
These two distinct artworks that have been combined together, where they function as a central resting place in the park.
In 1987 the artist stated, “Visual art is moving away from the hermetic, the hieratic, the self-directed toward more civic, more outer-directed, less self-important relations with social history. I want to get some social meaning back into art.”Scott Burton
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