Client: Art Spaces
Location: Terre Haute, IN, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $50,000
Wabash Valley Art Spaces
This sculpture is in honor of the important American writer, Theodore Dreiser, whose home town is Terre Haute, IN. The complexity of this author’s work is captured with the physicality of his words imprinted onto a sheet of metal. Like a piece of paper and a typewriter carriage, these forms support each other. Dreiser’s words float across the concrete ground as the sun moves across the sky.
The Vigo Library is a fitting site for this sculpture about this influential and controversial writer. The library leadership was keen on capturing the spirit and complexity of Dreiser. The primary goal was to commemorate the richness, complexity, and controversy of his writing. We chose to do that through the representation of his words translated into a form that inspires reflection, thought, and associative meaning.
The process of creating this artwork involved close communication with Art Spaces and the Vigo Library staff. Physical models were used to describe the evolution of the project.