White Sun

Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904–1988

White Sun, 1966

Saravezza marble
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University
y1969-129

Noguchi created White Sun while developing The Garden (Pyramid, Sun, and Cube) at Yale University. Princeton's is one of several study versions; others include a black granite sun now in Seattle. Drawing on both Eastern and Western cultural traditions, Noguchi's sculptures appear to possess the quality of effortlessness, a virtue Japanese artists once valued above perfection.