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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Lowell's Ocean

Artist: Mark di Suvero (born 1933)
Date: 2005-2008
21ft. 4 in. x 40ft. 6 in. x 33ft. 6 in. (650.2 x 1234.4 x 1021.1 cm)
Medium: Steel
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.17
On View
Accession Number: 2008.17
In Collection(s)
Provenanceto (Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY), 2008; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextNamed after Mark di Suvero’s long-time installation supervisor Lowell McKegney, “whose soul was as big as an ocean,” Lowell’s Ocean tests the physical limits of large-scale sculpture. It consists of crisscrossing I-beams and a massive spiral of steel that was cut from a single sheet. The object engages the space around it in a way that is both playful and monumental: a dynamic moment connecting earth and sky, frozen in time.

Di Suvero started working in metal after an accident left him partially immobile, making the physical requirements of woodworking too straining. By switching to metal and using industrial tools, he minimized his need for physical strength and was also able to increase the scale of his work. In 2010, di Suvero received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the US Government.