Friday, August 7, 2009

University of Chicago [Black Sphere - by Jene Highstein]

Black Sphere..
By Jene Highstein ..
Installed: 1976
Location: Billings Hospital, 5812 South Ellis Avenue, across the street from the Renaissance Society. This is a permanent installation.

Black Sphere, is one of a series of large-scale sculptures executed by Highstein between 1976-77. Each of the works in this series is black, essentially round in form, constructed of cement supported by a wooden or metal armature and approximately six feet in diameter. This particular sphere is 6', 4" in diameter and weighs approximately 3,000 lbs. The shape was attained by applying cement with a trowel to a spherical armature until a uniform surface is achieved..

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