Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Loop [The Town-Ho's Story by Frank Stella]
The Town-Ho's Story
Sculptor: Frank Stella
Location: Lobby of the Metcalfe Federal Building ..
77 W. Jackson Blvd .. the Loop...
Description: 18 foot high, aluminum and steel sculpture, named after a chapter in Herman Melville's novel, "Moby Dick".
Commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration through its Art-in-Architecture Program ..
To fabricate this massive abstraction, Frank Stella combined several small metal sculptures into one large piece and poured molten aluminum over the structure to create an enhanced, cohesive form. The Town-Ho’s Story is part of Stella’s “Moby Dick” series. According to Robert K. Wallace, a Melville Scholar and author of a book on Stella, “The sculpture takes its name from a chapter of Melville’s novel that is a tale about Steelkilt, an audacious sailor who uses both mind and fist to resist mistreatment.”