The Wedges (1970)

by Robert Morris (1931 - 2018)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art
Kelly and Sedgely Drives
1970

  • Title

    The Wedges

  • Artist

    Robert Morris (1931 - 2018)

  • Year

    1970; installed 1985

  • Medium

    Painted weathering steel

  • Dimensions

    Height 4’6″; width 20′; depth 20′

Acquired by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art), gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gates Lloyd

Owned by the Association for Public Art


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At A Glance

  • Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program

  • Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. H. Gates Lloyd after exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery in 1972

  • Robert Morris is known for his involvement in the conceptualist and minimalist movements

Standing in mysterious convocation, the eight wedges form a rounded square on the grass near Kelly Drive. The artist, Robert Morris, has always been interested in problems of perception and is widely known for his “earthworks,” as well as for his involvement in the conceptualist and minimalist movements.

After exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery in 1972, The Wedges was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. H. Gates Lloyd, who donated the sculpture to the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 1984. It was installed along Kelly Drive in 1985. Four curved pieces of steel form the corners of the square; four smaller straight pieces fill in the sides. From certain angles the work seems to float on the landscape, and the interior presents a mysterious locus from which the surrounding environment emanates.

Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).

Detail of Robert Moriss' Wedges sculpture on Kelly Drive
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Robert Morris (1931 – 2018) was an American sculptor, conceptual artist, writer, and an exponent of Minimalist Art.

Nena Tsouti-Schillinger is an art historian and the author of the book Robert Morris and Angst.

Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski

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