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Placebo

Artist
Roxy Paine, American, born 1966
Date
2004
Material
Stainless steel
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Outdoor, West Lawn
Dimensions
56 ft. x 46 ft. 6 in.
Credit Line
Commissioned by the Saint Louis Art Museum with funds given in memory of John Wooten Moore
Rights
© Roxy Paine
Object Number
38:2004
NOTES
Situated among the trees of Forest Park, this monumental sculpture interacts with the surrounding built and natural environments. Through its form, the work relates to the real trees nearby while its precise and reflective stainless steel surface poses a contradiction. As Roxy Paine explained, "I take this organic majestic being and break it down into components and rules." Made by welding together standard industrial piping, Placebo highlights the complex relationship between the man-made and the natural world.
2004 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, commissioned from the artist through James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY [1]


Notes:
[1] Invoice dated August 30, 2004 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 28, 2004.
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