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the ceramic wall sculpture in the hall near the frick room

updated sun 6 apr 08


Nan Thurn Kitchens on fri 4 apr 08

Snail wrotesnip.............the fabulous stoneware mural in aback hallway o=
f the William Penn/Omni Hotel - it ought tohave been a tour stop of its own=
I agree with you Snail. I spent some time spinning my wheels trying to=20
find someone who knew something about it and the only info I found=20
was that the building had been owned (at the time of the commission=20
of the wall piece) by Alcoa. No one knew anything else about it.
I even went to the new Alcoa building and asked if THEY knew anything,=20
and they said those who had commissioned the piece would have=20
been long gone. I'm still digging. SOMEONE must know something... =
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Paul Lewing on fri 4 apr 08

I saw that too, and looked all over for a signature or a name
plaque. I think it's inexcusable that it didn't have a plaque, but
what was really mind-boggling was that the artist had not signed it.
If it were mine, I'd have signed it in a place you couldn't miss, in
a way that it couldn't be removed, and in a style that you'd be able
to read well enough to find me in the phone book!
Paul Lewing

Snail Scott on sat 5 apr 08

> Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 18:47:05 -0400
> From: Nan Thurn Kitchens
> Snail wrote snip......the fabulous stoneware mural in a
> back hallway of the William Penn/Omni Hotel....

> Nan wrote: I spent some time spinning my wheels
> trying to find someone who knew something about it...

The hotel staff member who showed it to me said it had
been commissioned in the early '70's from an artist in
(I think) Mexico. He didn't recall the artist's name, though.

It is very much in a '70's-modern style, all unglazed coarse
brown stoneware, laid out as a huge slab (maybe 10' x 20',
and 5" thick?) and pummelled with lumber to impart abstract
patterns of texture and depth. (You can see the endgrain
marks from the 2x4's.) The piece was cut into approximately
12" or 14" squares before firing, and installed without grout
joints. Very simple and direct, a bit 'hippie' in the mode of the
era, but elegant and well-composed. Casual in style, but far
from random or thoughtless; quite refined but in an un-fussy
way. A really nice piece.