Ursula von Rydingsvard, American, born in Germany, 1942

URODA, 2015

Copper, steel, bronze
Princeton University Art Museum. John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s nineteen-foot-tall  sculpture URODA,  commissioned for the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, is the artist’s first sculpture made primarily of copper. Her full-sized maquette, created using stacked, texturized cedar beams shaped with a circular saw, took six months to build. The finished piece—made of more than 3,000 painstakingly hand-hammered copper pieces—was fabricated by the metal artist Richard Webber and a team of skilled craftspeople.