Mark di Suvero
Po-um (Lyric), 2003
Stainless and Corten steel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph S. O'Connor
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.