International Sculpture Day

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 12-4 pm


Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

We celebrate International Sculpture Day with all things Smith. We’ll have drop-in activities related to the sculptures of David Smith and Tony Smith, and a cake in the shape of Tony Smith’s Wandering Rocks created by Debbie Pagel of Eat Cake! Plus, artist Gary John Gresl presents Might This Be a Sculpture?, a temporary installation on the grounds.


12-4 pm: Cubi Redux with Jeff Boshart
David Smith salvaged small boxes that had been thrown into the fireplace at a Christmas party to create his first Cubi sculptures. Working with the boxes and tape, he began assembling forms that he would later fabricate as the stainless steel sculptures in his late Cubi series (Mrs. Bradley donated Cubi IV, 1963, to the Milwaukee Art Museum). Using a variety of boxes and tubes, we will explore positive and negative space, balance, and the dynamic relationship between shadow and solid on the surface of a sculpture. This is an all-ages, drop-in activity.

12-4 pm: Might This Be a Sculpture?
Might This Be a Sculpture? A day-long, interactive intervention in honor of International Sculpture Day from artist-in-residence Gary John Gresl.

1-3 pm Wandering Rocks with Reece Ousey
Tony Smith, whose Wandering Rocks (1967-69) is in Lynden’s outdoor sculpture collection, is also represented in our indoor collection by a series of five posters illustrating the polyhedra nets for each of the pieces that make up that sculpture: Crocus, Slide, Dud, Shaft, and Smohawk. Suffering from tuberculosis as a child, the artist spent hours by himself making buildings and miniature cities from small medicine boxes. He returned to that pastime as an adult when recovering from a car accident; it is from this work with geometric solids that some of Smith’s Minimalist vocabulary emerged. Join us to make your own model of Wandering Rocks by cutting, folding, and gluing the images shown in the posters. This is an all-ages, drop-in activity.

3 pm: Eat Cake!
Join us for Wandering Rocks cake courtesy of Debbie Pagel of Eat Cake!

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