Sea Flower - New Bedford, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 41° 38.159 W 070° 55.693
19T E 339399 N 4611156
Quick Description: This sculpture is located at the Hastings Keith Federal Builidng at Elm & Sixth in New Bedford, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 2/22/2014 5:55:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMK6ZD
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 3

Long Description:
The plaque accompanying this 1978 sculpture indicates that it is an "abstract evocation of aquatic life" and pays homage to New Bedford's sea-faring history. It is made from wood and steel and it is 17'x 28' x15'.
The artist is Texan James Surls. The work appears to be a spiked branch....similar to certain corals or some seaweeds.

The Smithsonian Inventory (visit link) adds:

"Dates:
1978.
Medium:
Pine and steel.
Dimensions:
Approx. 24 x 22 x 30 ft.
Inscription:
Surls 78 signed
Description:
An abstract depiction of a sea urchin/flower with a wooden tentacles projecting from a orange-painted metal spine. The tentacles are eight inch diameter wooden poles with points on the ends. Four of the tentacles are bolted to the cement pavement."
TITLE: Sea Flower

ARTIST(S): James Surls

DATE: 1978

MEDIUM: Pine and steel.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 75002804

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Elm & Sixth Streets New Bedford, MA USA


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
No differences noticed other than the plaque at the site refers to the piece as "Seaflower" not "Sea Flower".


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