1991 - metal: iron, steel
Cast iron and steel are combined to form the abstract and asymmetrical 'Shiva' by Larry Steele. Linear industrial steel elements, some bent and twisted, contrast with the open curved shapes and pitted surface of the cast iron portion. The undulating loops are set forth with a diagonal thrust, yet are balanced by the supportive lower structure. As a whole, the airiness of the composition lightens the sculpture and activates the surrounding space. According to the artist, the sensuous energetic forms are derived from those of plants or animals, and the more structured areas are based upon architectural sources. The dynamic play between the two evokes "a spatial ballet." This work is one of a series of cast iron sculptures made by Steele between 1988 and 1992.