White Sun

Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904–1988

White Sun, 1966

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

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.