On August 1 a 90-ton solid steel sculpture by American artist Richard Serra was officially presented to the public at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. The three block elements of “4-5-6,” designed expressly for the museum’s courtyard, are solid, forged steel, and each measures four feet by five feet by six feet. “There’s a lot of romantic sensibility-something that has a heroic presence-and people sense it,” said New York gallery owner Renato Danese about the sculpture.
Serra was present to oversee the July installation of the blocks by a 450-ton crane. Though identical, the weatherproof blocks were strategically placed in relationship to each other and each rests on a different-sized side. Serra also designed the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court, a granite-paved area enclosed on three sides, where “4-5-6” rests. “The sculpture brings all three facades of the building together,” said Serra. “It collects the building.”
The redesigned courtyard, funded through a gift from Colby Trustee Paul Schupf, will be dedicated on October 21, during Colby’s Inauguration Weekend for new president William D. Adams.
The premiere viewing of “4-5-6” coincided with the opening of “Modernism & Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum” on view at the museum through October 15. “Modernism & Abstraction” is a traveling exhibit of American art masterpieces from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It includes 70 major paintings and sculptures that show the radical transformations of American art in the 20th century as seen in works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Franz Kline and others.
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call (207) 872-3228.