Mark di Suvero

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Mark di Suvero Mark di Suvero 

Po-um (Lyric), 2003 
Stainless and Corten steel
 
Herzstein Lawn
 

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph S. O'Connor

Mark di Suvero’s Po-um (Lyric) is a prominent sculpture standing in Herzstein lawn—just a short distance from his contemporary Michael Heizer’s: 45°, 90°, 180°. The work's twisted form of abraded steel sits atop a needle-like base, weighing a total of over six tons. It was designed with the specific ability to rotate and balance on its own axis. Installed beside Rice’s heavily-traveled Loop Road, the sculpture offers students and visitors alike several vantage points to experience this dynamic sculpture. In 2012, Po-um (Lyric) was included in the exhibition Mark di Suvero at Governors Island presented by Storm King Art Center in New York. Another example of di Suvero's work (Bygones, 1976) can be found on the campus of the Menil Collection.  

About the Artist: Born in Shanghai, China in 1933 to expatriate parents of Italian descent, Mark di Suvero came of age in San Francisco and New York City. He earned a B.A. at University of California, Berkeley. His work is deeply rooted in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, and is characterized by the marriage of grand scale, industrial materials and motion. Throughout his career, di Suvero has founded several critical exhibition spaces intended to show work by emerging artists, including Park Place Gallery, ConStruct and Socrates Sculpture Park. Di Suvero lives and works in New York; his sculptures have been the subject of many exhibitions around the world. His installations belong in numerous collections, including: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Menil Collection and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2010, di Suvero earned the National Medal of Arts for his service and commitment to emerging artists.