Laumeier offers a confluence of thought provoking works of art, each of which is a starting point for discovery. Here is a handful of meaningful examples I would like to share with you.
Laumeier Project by Jackie Ferrara (b. 1929 in Detroit) explores relationships between sculpture and architecture in her wood constructions. Her Laumeier Project is red cedar construction is a kind of puzzle.
Alexander Liberman’s The Way stands as Laumeier’s signature monumental work.It incorporates 18 oil tankers painted red in complementary color contrast to its lush green surroundings. Alexander Liberman (b. 1912 in Kiev, Russia - now the Ukraine) studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris in the early 1930's. He came to New York in 1941 and joined Vogue and went on to become the Editorial Director of Condé Nast.
Laumeier Project by Richard Fleischner (b. 1944 in New York) is a wonderful site-specific installation. He found a way to incorporate art and nature and straddle the community and entrance to Laumeier Sculpture Park. Fleischner received his B.F.A. and his M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Old Temple by Jene Highstein (b. 1942 in Baltimore) is another use of cedar wood, Jene Highstein studied both at the New York Studio School and the Royal Academy School in London.
Jerald Jacquard’s Cube Squared brings a smile as it is encountered along a wooded trail in the park. Jacquard (b. 1937 in Lansing, Michigan) earned his B.A. in 1960 and his M.A. in 1962 from Michigan State University. He established a sculpture department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1967 and was a professor of art at Indiana University for more than 25 years.
An Untitled work of aluminum I-beams are on view at Laumeier. Artist Robert Morris (b. 1931 in Kansas City) studied at the University of Kansas City from 1948 to 1950 and at the Kansas City Art Institute. Robert Morris is regarded as one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism along with Donald Judd.
Gigi Scaria (b.1973 in Kothanalloor, Kerala, India) in his totem-like structure titled Woodhenge reminds us how population and construction can change a place (nearby and a thousand years ago in mound city or around the globe in New Delhi). He received his M.F.A. in Painting at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, in 1998 and his B.F.A. in Painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1995. Scaria currently lives and works in New Delhi