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Large Stainless Steel Triangular Obelisk Sculpture, Garden or Yard


Large stainless steel triangular obelisk sculpture for the garden, courtyard or yard. This sculpture comes from a local estate of an owner of a local bank. I believe this was commissioned in the 1970s or early 80s for his yard, it is very well made! It is unsigned, but was told it is by William Conrad Severson. Sculpture is 16" x 16"x 16" at mounting plate, base is 12" x 12" x 12". Total height is 108.25" and top is 4"x 4" x 4". This sculpture reminds me of a leg of the St. Louis Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen. Sculptur by William Conrad Severson, b.1924-d.1999 Internationally known sculptor of corporate, institutional, liturgical & private commissions. His sculptures can be seen in 28 states & in Saudi Arabia, Singapore & Moscow. He was a co-founder & former president of the St. Louis Sculptors Gallery & the first artist-in-residence at the Missouri Council of the Arts program. Many of his works - which were done in stainless steel, copper, bronze, lead, concrete, wood and stone A contemporary of Harry Bertoia, One of his last major sculptures, the Millennium Spire, is located in Belleville, Illinois.


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    H 108.25 in. x W 16 in. x D 16 in.

    H 274.96 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 40.64 cm

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    St. Louis, MO
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About Eero Saarinen (Designer)

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965).

     Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.

     At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the “Grasshopper” chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the “Tulip” chair (1958), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured “Womb” lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.

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