The stark symmetrical shapes of this aluminum and bronze sculpture exemplify the reductive aspects of Minimalism and yet still call to mind external references. The sculpture is part of a series influenced by mastodon skeletons that artist Michael Hall encountered in the Badlands of Nebraska. Its tusklike tubular shapes, which flow into lacquered hemispheres, evoke fossilized mammal bones plunging into the earth. The artist stated, “Many of the conflicts and contradictions in my work are there by intention . . . I seek images which carry their own time and suggest their own mysteries.” With two half-spheres held together by a pair of horizontal bronze bars, the sculpture was cast as separate pieces and later assembled into the highly finished construction seen here. The sculptor was sensitive to the physical space of the viewer: you’ll see your reflection if you gaze at the hazy mirrored surfaces.
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In 1974, artist, collector, and writer Michael David Hall described his vision for the signifiance of massive painted steel sculptures such as this: “This type of sculpture is truly ‘outdoor’ sculpture and traces its roots to the great structures of pre-history such as Stonehenge . . . My sense is that the time is right for this kind to find its way into the environment of the American academic community . . . I am certain that sculpture will give new relevance to the notion that natural and manmade environments can be intelligently and creatively welded to serve a broad range of human intellectual and spiritual needs.”