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Walter Dusenbery
Bronze Architectural Model Sculpture Tempio Bretton Architecture Maquette

$4,000

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TEMPIO BRETTON: from the catalogue MONUMENTA, 19th International Sculpture Biennale, Antwerp, Belgium. Tempio Bretton was created in homage to the celebrated English landscapist Capability Brown for the occasion of an exhibition at Bretton Hall in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park , a park in the style of the great master of English garden design. The inclusion in the English garden of a temple ruin, or "eye-catcher," (architectural folly) was used to draw the eye and mind to a focus in time and space, present the beholder with an immediate relationship to an historic past made new within his or her own surroundings, and create a depth of space never before seen in garden design. I took the idea of the temple ruin eye-catcher and reduced it to a scale at the point where architecture and sculpture merged. Tempio Bretton is not capacious enough to walk into, yet it is considerably larger than a man. One view of it presents a knot of golden columns clustered together, topped by a dome shape. The only clue from this side to the temple's non-conformity to historic principle is a sharp notch cut into the square base. Viewed from the opposite side, the cluster of columns capped by an angular top opens up as if to welcome someone in, yet the mysterious core is still impenetrable. These contradictions articulate a confrontation between past and present, and an exciting truth. The past is always at the heart of our constructions in the present. Walter Dusenbery (born September 21, 1939 in Alameda, California) is an American sculptor. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, earned an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, and then studied in Japan and Italy under Isamu Noguchi. He also held teaching positions at Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Design. From 1971 to 1988, he lived both in Pietrasanta,Italy, and in Little Italy, New York City. Dusenbery's preferred material is stone, particularly travertine or granite. Dusenbery has a particular interest in adding sculpture to public places, such as federal buildings, to humanize the space, but in 1988, he assembled a show of small, entirely hand-carved alabaster sculptures, called "Walter Dusenbery, The Personal Side," at the Fendrick Gallery in Washington, D.C.. In 1977, Dusenbery created Pedogna, on permanent loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. That same year, 1988, he was awarded a large commission for the Fulton County Building Atrium in Atlanta, Georgia. The commission was for three fountains and related structures over three stories in height, designed for informal and ceremonial public events, Limestone, marble, granite and travertine fountains, pavilions, seating and meeting areas, performance and concert platforms, staircases and planters for hanging gardens. After completion of the "Atlantacropolis," Dusenbery withdrew from the gallery world and focused his energy on site-specific commissions. (like the landscape works of Maya Lin and Beverly Pepper) Seeking a large-scale stone studio for projects closer to home, he discovered there were none. In 1995, he approached sculptor and patron of sculpture J. Seward Johnson Jr. with the idea of creating a state-of-the-art stone-carving studio, so that American sculptors would not have to travel abroad to realize their work. Johnson agreed to fund such a facility, if Dusenbery would direct it. In 1996, Dusenbery designed the facility for the Stone Division at Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, and was its first director. The facility was situated in "a building resembling an airplane hangar," The studio offered the ability to digitally scan three-dimensional forms. The Stone Division was a success and attracted a strong group of sculptors: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Lawrence Argent, Barry X Ball, Jon Isherwood, and Manolo Valdes, to name a few. It was redeveloped as the Digital Stone Project by the clients of the Stone Division as a not-for-profit in 2004. Dusenbery was named President of the Board and remained in that position until 2008. Dusenbery was given Stone World's "Technological Achievement Award" in 1999, which recognizes stone workers who innovate, share, and promote new technologies in the industry. Other awards include the 1985 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Prize in 1985, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst in 1982, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1981 and Creative Arts Service Grant in 1980. SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Metropolitan Museum of Art , NY Guggenheim Museum , NY San Francisco Museum of Art , CA Columbus Museum of Fine Art, OH Laumeier Int'l Sculpture Park , St. Louis , MI Yorkshire Sculpture Park , England Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon , Portugal Jerusalem Foundation , Israel Commune of Glostrup, Copenhagen , Denmark Prudential Insurance Company, Boston , MA Grounds for Sculpture Museum and Park, Hamilton , NJ

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  • Creator
    Walter Dusenbery (1939)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.5 in. (31.75 cm)Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Depth: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
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    1stDibs: LU3827668402

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