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Tower at 4 A.m.

Lee Collet

Muskegon, Mich.

Medium: Aluminum, Plaster, Plastic
Dimensions: 15'7"

As a sculptor I have experience with many types of three-dimensional media. I have created a variety of forms ranging from very large-scale minimal work in metals, small-scaled cast metal pieces, and large-scaled organic works in fiberglass. Currently my interest has been centered on towers, which serve reliquary purposes. These towers are executed in a constructivist mode. Tower at 4:00 a.m. is constructed of aluminum and the inner components have been cast from plaster and plastic. Aluminum was chosen because of its strength, weight, ease of fabrication, and its elegance of appearance. The availability of ready-made linear stock materials allows and suggests constructivist form possibilities. The challenge of juxtaposing differing form types has allowed me to create a composition that enhances by contrast, organic and inorganic form.

This selection of subjective objects is my first experience with personal narrative in a sculpture. Some of the choices of form and placement reveal my life events, whereas some choices are quite surreal and subject to continuing evaluation. My interest in the concept of medieval reliquaries and Alberto Giacommeti's Palace at 4:00 a.m. have inspired this reliquary tower and its contents.

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