Title: Untitled Sculpture
Creator: Dennis W. Barraclough
Description: Why document public art? Well, among other reasons, it doesn’t necessarily last forever, or stay in one place. Dennis Barraclough’s Untitled Sculpture serves as an example of that. When the ArtOneida project began, this work was photographed and researched for the project. However, by the time this book was going to press, it had been taken down, after almost 40 years. The artist recalled it was originally painted blue when installed in 1977. By 2016, the paint had worn away and some rust had appeared. Wear and tear are common for artworks placed out in the elements. Indeed, the artist had been surprised to hear his work was still installed on the campus. Artists aren't always able to keep track of their work after a sale. Work can be moved to a different site, sold to a different collector, even dismantled. As artists may change their own styles, so can public appreciation change over time, and preservation can be difficult. This sculpture was commissioned for the Mohawk Valley Community College campus in Utica. The artist had a solo exhibition there in 1975 and was asked to create a new work. He continued to create sculpture until the late 1970s, but now he is primarily known for his painting. In 1972 he began teaching at Daemen College, where he is now a professor. His work over the years has also included monotypes and collage. He has exhibited work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China.
Inscription: "UNTITLED SCULPTURE / BY DENNIS BARRACLOUGH / PRESENTED BY / MVCC STUDENTS / JULY 19, 1977" on metal plate attached to body of sculpture
Subject: Public art, Outdoor sculpture, Metal sculpture
Rights: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.
Location: (formerly) Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica