"Sandy: In Defined Space" is one of my favorite sculptures located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus.
The sculpture was designed by Richard McDermott Miller in 1967. "The sculpture is a hollow rectangular structure with a nude female figure inside, approximately 4' square x 6' high, resting on a square smooth section of concrete which is surrounded by a sunken brick boarder. Outside of the boarder is a pebbled surface of a walkway. The smooth concrete surface under the sculpture helps define the space, distinguish it from the surrounding area and focuses the admirer’s attention towards the sculpture. While looking at the sculpture from the side, the naked woman looks like she is balanced in the center of a three dimensional box that is just big enough for her. When you change your position and view the sculpture from the other side, you realize that there are two square boxes and that she is only balanced on a thin strip of the frame.
Richard McDermott Miller believes that art is more a matter of the hand and the eye than of the mouth”, which is represented by the changes in perception you get while viewing his sculptures from different angles. This sculpture gives you a sense of a confined environment in one view while another view gives you a sense of a more open environment. It also helps to distinguish all of the curves, angles and unique characteristics of the human body by comparing it to a rigid and symmetric uniform surrounding structure." (from this site at the University of Houston.)
Obviously open to interpretation, I hope it speaks well to you, as it has to me, and I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I do. It was definately a decisive moment!
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worldcitizen (6733) 2006-05-21 13:11
This sculpture, through your photo, also grabbed my attention. I like the POV you captured, and the way the frame of the sculpture fits perfectly with the frame of the photo. Seeing some of the greenery behind the woman adds a nice touch.
Marche (4307) 2006-06-30 13:36
Très jolie cette sculpture, avec un bon cadrage serré et une belle verdure en arrière la fait bien ressortir.
apazevedo (5469) 2006-07-29 12:18
Your note tells the story, Jennifer, and I must say that the picture also spoke well to me. Well composed and framed, good work!