Transcending (Detroit, MI) : Bronze relief depicting the tools of tradesmen (left) and of artists (right)

Creator:
Barr, David John, 1939-
Published/Created:
Woodward Avenue in Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan, United States
2003 (design)
Physical Description:
59 ft (height)
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990's
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
bronze
electric lighting
granite
marble
steel: stainless steel
Notes:
David Barr and Sergio De Guisti are the men behind the most recent contribution to the public art scene, Transcending, a gift from Detroit's labor unions to commemorate the city's 300th birthday. Barr taught briefly at WSU and spent nearly 40 years teaching art design, drawing and sculpture at Macomb Community College. He won WSU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983. De Guisti was an art history and studio art teacher at Wayne State for 15 years and was a visiting artist at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. He received WSU's Arts Achievement Award in 1996. Barr designed the 59-foot-high Transcending sculpture, located on Woodward Avenue near Hart Plaza. It consists of two stainless-steel half arcs mounted on a cement platform encircled by split boulders, each supporting a bronze relief depicting De Guisti's interpretation of scenes from Detroit's labor history. Inscribed within the main arcs is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "The arc of history bends toward justice.
Period/Style:
Twenty-first century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
6A1-BD-T-C4
Genre:
public art (AAT)
sculpture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
abstraction or non-objective; business, commerce and trade; contemporary (1960 to present); Labor unions casting ; metalworking visual works; sculpture (visual work)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Two
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Original Repository:
Detroit, MI: Philip A. Hart Plaza
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10170719
PID:
digcoll:1818492