Creator: Rob Licht
Technique: metalworking, sculpting
Dimensions: 3 feet 6 inches (height) x 15 feet (width) x 15 feet (depth), approximately; 3 elements: 30x48x48, 36x55x90, 42x40x34 (height x width x depth, in inches) placed in group
Rob Licht's Land Forms present both a landscape within the landscape, and a place to sit and appreciate the landscape. The parts of this sculpture all have a smoothly curved green surface, portraying hills and valleys. The curved shapes appear soft and comforting, and their arrangement invites you to sit for a moment, as if in a set of living room furniture. In this way even a larger scale work suddenly becomes intimate. While you sit, you have a moment to reflect on the landscape around you.
But as you sit on one of the three pieces of the sculpture, also take a closer look at the other two. Their rectangular metal bases present a contrast. Cut away sharply below the smooth green surfaces, they are reminiscent of the dark shale revealed when a road is cut sharply out of the side of a hill. Their rectangular shapes imply the division of the landscape into the square tracts of a map.
This examination of the landscape is a feature throughout Licht's body of work, as he explores the influence of place, space, and nature on our everyday lives. Stone Quarry Hill Sculpture Park in Cazenovia holds another work from this series, on permanent loan.
Inscription: signed and dated by the artist
Subject: Public art, Outdoor sculpture
Rights: © Rob Licht 2010
Location: Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Rome, near the intersection of Hill and Ellsworth Rd.