Martin Puryear’s (b. 1941) extensive sculptural practice embraces the global traditions and cultural histories of woodworking. Influenced by his time studying in Sierra Leone and Stockholm, Puryear uses labor-intensive methods to explore concepts including identity and oppression. Fashioned out of handcrafted wood and reclaimed parts of a carriage that the artist found in a barn in France, The Load, 2012 contains a massive sphere resembling a human eye. Sited nearby is Big Phrygian, 2010–2014, a monumental sculpture of a “liberty cap,” a symbol of resistance that appeared in both the American and French Revolutions. These works overlook the water court platform which features a bench designed by Puryear in collaboration with master furniture maker Michael Hurwitz.
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