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Torre Pieno nel Vuoto II
Date: 1969
Culture: American
Dimensions: Object: 5 ft. 11 1/2 in. x 16 in. x 10 1/2 in. (181.6 x 40.6 x 26.7 cm)
Medium: stainless steel and baked enamel
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase
Label Text: Torre Pieno nel Vuoto II, roughly translated from the Italian, means "Full Tower in the Void." Pepper has constructed a two-part work consisting of a large, hollow vertical tower that is balanced on one edge of a shorter square base. The pieces are united by the artist's use of materials: each is stainless steel with a baked enamel interior that is glazed white. Two sides of the tower are also painted bright white, while the remainder of the metal surfaces are polished to a shimmery, mirror-like surface which reflects and absorbs any external light, motion, color, or shape. Beverly Pepper began her career as a painter but switched to sculpture in 1960 after visiting the Hindu monuments at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The sight of those stone monuments, left unattended for centuries, inspired Pepper to explore the relationship between sculpture and its immediate surroundings.
Object Number: 1999.16
Currently not on view