Unfurling

WorkTitle
Unfurling
Year
1986
Materials
Aluminum
Dimensions
19 ½" x 28 ½" x 36 ½"
Collection
Mary Ann Unger Estate

"The work’s spiral shape is reminiscent of the nautilus, a mollusk with shell that grows in harmony with the Fibonacci sequence." Sarah Cascone, Artnet, 2016

"Unfurling reveals the dichotomy the artist was known for in her public artworks: geometric, architectural forms crafted with strong, organic, man-made materials. Inspired by nature, her curvilinear aluminum works allow an interplay between weight and weightlessness, between mathematical structure and airy transparency. These works are contemplative, inviting, and offer an opportunity for nature and the urban environment to collaborate. This work was rendered in an intimate scale and is elevated to the viewer’s eye-level by a plinth. Unger had envisioned Unfurling as a larger piece, in keeping with her other life-size public works; however, a larger version of this piece was not realized in her lifetime." Press Release, Mary Ann Unger: Unfurling, NYC Parks, PS 1 Greenstreet

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