Public Table

Scott Burton, American, 1939–1989

Public Table, 1978–79

Cast concrete
Museum purchase, gift of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, with a matching gift from the the Mildred Andrews Fund
y1980-11

Scott Burton championed functional art, creating works that he described as "sculpture in love with furniture." Calling to mind the simplified geometric forms of Minimalism, Burton’s table, an inverted cone balancing on a wide circular base, offers students and passersby a place to socialize or study.