Wednesday, June 8, 2016
This is a sculpture at the Nassau County Museum of Art, and it is in sorry shape. The piece is called "Redbank 31, Nassau Variation", and it consists of 16 of these Cor-ten steel rectangles, each ten feet tall and 6 feet wide, in a line, but rotated slightly from one to the other. I have known this piece for years. Originally all the elements were all painted glossy black. Over the years, the paint has faded. I don't think that Cor-ten steel can rust, but they have painted some red primer on parts of it, as if they are about to repaint the whole piece. But they haven't. I really do like the appearance of the lichen growing on the paint, adding different textures to the original finish. I think this is a really interesting photograph because of these subtle variations in texture and color. But this hardly seems like the proper way to take care of an important piece of sculpture.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:37 PM