MEMPHIS, 1962-63


Unrealized sculpture: porcelain coated steel, 30' x 27' x 27'

Photo: painted bronze, 32" x 25" x 25"

The only colored piece I ever did was intended for a southern city and I thought in strong sunlight the use of colors in the classical sense would be logical, and compatible with the piece. It was going to be on a piazza with more or less monumental buildings, fountains and trees; I felt that since the buildings were whitish concrete, the associations of my work with blackness might just not be the same in this part of the country. I had the feeling that there it might just look dirty . . . .  

Tony Smith, 1971  

All artworks © Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS, New York)