Jesús Moroles

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Jesús Moroles

Waves Column
, 2003
Black granite
Cohen House Courtyard

Musical Stele
, 2004 
Black granite
Cohen House Foyer

Gifts of Rick "Ricky Ray" Behrend '77

Moroles' iconic sculptures are installed on the grounds of the Cohen House, a central gathering place for Rice faculty, staff, students, and friends. These works, both corporeal and monumental at once, reveal our relationship with the natural world through a formal re-working of granite's inherent qualities. Moroles' enjoyment in transforming granite, and leaving its raw original state in evidence is obvious in both works. Waves Column presents itself through a rhythmic, undulating form, as its name suggests. Musical Stele takes a completely different approach in its rigid staccato form, punctuated by absence of granite and exquisitely carved horizontal keys.

About the Artist: Born in 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jesús Moroles came to prominence in the 1980s, becoming known for his large-scale granite sculptures. Moroles earned a B.F.A. at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), and subsequently held an apprenticeship with sculptor Luis Jiménez. In 1980, Moroles traveled to Italy, where he worked in the quarries in Pietrasantra. During his lifetime Moroles completed numerous public and private commissions nationwide, one of the most celebrated being the Houston Police Officers Memorial, a series of inverted pyramid forms, installed in 1990. Moroles' works are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institute, among many other institutions.

Photos by Paul Hester.