Sol LeWitt

«Cube», 1984/2011
Walter A. Bechtler-Stiftung

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007):
«Cube», 1984/2011

The sculpture «Cube» is based on a concept by the US-American artist Sol LeWitt: The idea (the concept) consists of a cube made from simple building blocks with a side length of five metres. «Cube» is built-up in 20 layers, each layer of the four visible sides consists of 10 or 11 whole stones. The artwork was on display for two years, from 1984 to 1986, in the temporary exhibition «Sculpture in the 20th Century» in the Merian Park in Basel. In Uster, the monumental cube will now be on display again, after 25 years, and many attempts to instal it at various other places. The huge, white cube forms a strong contrast to the nature surrounding it and will today still surprise park visitors with its monumental size.

Sol LeWitt is considered one of the most important protaganists of Minimal Art and a pioneer of Conceptual Art. The artist worked predominantly in series, his work contains mainly symmetrical and anti-hierarchical arrangements of individual parts. As is usual in Minimal Art, there are usually no traces of the production processes in his works; the references to industrial products are obvious. For example, LeWitt uses unprocessed cement blocks for the «Cube».

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