Iron Maize; Kenneth M. Hoak (American sculptor, b. 1934); c. 1960; 2015.00.1535

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The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College

Name/Title

Iron Maize

About this object

Local artist and curator of the Lancaster County Conestoga Area Historical Society, Kenneth Hoak was inspired by an exhibition of Julio Gonzalez at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Hoak constructed this abstract, geometric sculpture using scythe blades discarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation - found in his grandfather's repair shop. Hoak was following the mid-20th century convention of repurposing materials. His creation evokes both a maze and corn (maize) stalks through its intersecting horizontal and vertical lines.

Maker

Kenneth M. Hoak (American sculptor, b. 1934)

Date Made

c. 1960

Medium and Materials

iron

Place Made

United States of America

Inscription and Marks

Maker's mark on the base

Technique

welding

Measurements

35 1/2 x 26 x 4 inches

Collection

Gift of Mr. Nathen Rubinson

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Nathen Rubinson, 1966

Object Type

metalwork

Object number

2015.00.1535

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

 

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