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The first artwork to appear in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion is now complete. It is the conceptual work entitled Wall Drawing #559 by Sol LeWitt. This wall drawing consists of 12-inch wide alternating arcs in yellow, red, and blue that begin at the upper right corner of the Pavilion's east wall and gradually expand to create a lively pattern of color and form. Illuminated at night from within the three-story glass façade of the pavilion, Wall Drawing #559 reaffirms the Museum as a place that inspires creativity and serves as a laboratory for the visual arts.
The work is on long-term loan from the Estate of Sol LeWitt. Takeshi Arita, Nancy Bixler, Kenny Cole, Michael Hudak, Rye Hudak, Gabriel Hurier, Mark Kelly, and Willy Reddick executed Wall Drawing #559 during the months of February and March 2013.
The Museum has 12 other works by Sol LeWitt in its collection. LeWitt's site specific Seven Walls, a concrete structure, is situated on the Museum's east lawn and was installed in 2002. The Museum will also feature LeWitt's Open Modular Cubes (Small) part of the Lunder Collection installation, A Gift of Art that will open in July 2013.
The Colby Museum joins other academic museums in the presentation of Sol LeWitt's work. The current collaboration between Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College of Art has resulted in Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective on view at MASS MoCA through 2033.