John Ruppert

1999 - metal: aluminum

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"'Pumpkins' are a symbol of the harvest and American agriculture. Carefully bred and nurtured during the growing season, certain varieties have the ability to grow to giant proportions, and as a result, fierce growing competitions have evolved nation wide. My 'Pumpkin Series' is a product of this hybridization process, cast from an original prize winning 700 lb pumpkin. It is oversized, burdened by its own weight to the point of exploding. Its size animates it, giving it an anthropomorphic presence, amplifying its fertile qualities. The cast 'Pumpkin' is a culmination of efforts and imagery. The hybridization is a result of efforts to control nature through agriculture, while the casting is a product of industry revealing the presence of natural forces caught in a frozen moment. The lightweight aluminum, referencing flight, is a contradiction to the pumpkins gravity-burdened form. 'Pumpkin Series' is an open-ended edition in reference to the agricultural industry's desire for creating multiples through hybridization or the cloning process. It is my intention to create many pumpkins for a variety of locations. When experiencing one grouping you will know there are others and that each isolated group is part of a greater collective." – John Ruppert, from his Artist Statement

About the Work
About the Work
metal: aluminum
each component: 29 in x 43 in x 42 in
sand cast, five components, unchased
These five are castings 8,9,10,11,12. Total of 18 Pumpkin castings made at various locations between 1995-2004.
Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Pumpkins by John Ruppert

© Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: David W. Steele

  • Pumpkins by John Ruppert
  • Pumpkins by John Ruppert
  • Pumpkins by John Ruppert