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William Burgess

Sculpture

1994

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This work is a central steel tower, complemented by shadows of flat or channel stainless steel. It is a response to the relationships between: the earth and sun, geology and erosion, and finally space and time. The piece creates a connection with time through the movement of the earth as it rotates around the sun. The vertical emphasis of this piece was chosen in order to represent the horizontality of the valley, book cliffs, mesas and plateaus of the region. The scale of this piece, in relationship to the surrounding buildings, was also meant to provide a striking contrast. Other shapes represented in this piece were influenced by eroded canyons, monoliths and Indian signal fires. The colors used are associated with the west and southwest. Finally, this sculpture offers a place for peaceful study and solitude or a meeting place for individuals to interrelate.