While MOA originally assisted with its acquisition and installation, this artwork is not formally owned by the museum. However, the museum believes in passing on the knowledge and history it has about this artwork in Greenwood Plaza for the education and enlightenment of all.
Artists: Carolyn Braaksma & Andrew Dufford
Dates: b.1951, Bay Village, OH. b. 1959,
Materials: Concrete and Steel
Dimensions: 4′ x 7′ x 18′
About The Fence
This collaborative sculpture draws inspiration from classical columns, as well as ancient architectural formations. In the spiraling fence of figures, each torso acts to close the space and keep the symmetry of the sculptural form. The fence creates an involute spiral shape, which occurs in nature (Nautilus, DNA, golden ratio), and has dominated the imaginations of artists for centuries. The human body and the Earth’s raw material unite to become a relic of antiquity in a modern rotunda: archaeological artifacts retaining, in silhouette, the integrity of Greek columns. Andrew Dufford creates work for the public, and believes that “the common activities of walking, pausing, gathering, and reflecting can all be enriched through art.” With the direct intention of reflecting a timeless quality that interacts with the community, Dufford “strives to create art that is both a piece and a place to be.” Andrew Dufford received his BA in environmental design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His academic influences are obvious in the interaction between the site environment and the sculpture. Carolyn Braaksma has many public art projects throughout the US and works largely in concrete relief. She received her BA from Metropolitan State College, Denver and her MFA at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.