Overall: 206.9 cm (81 7/16 in.)
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1966.385
© The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
The teenaged David Smith took a correspondence course in cartooning with the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art.
A former automobile assembly line worker, Smith welded locomotives and tanks for a manufacturer during World War II. Perhaps not surprisingly, he adopted industrial materials and techniques throughout his career as a sculptor. Regarding his preferred medium, Smith stated, "The material called iron or steel I hold in high respect . . .The metal itself possesses little art history. What associations it possesses are those of this century: power, structure, movement, progress, suspension, destruction, brutality."
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