A pair of monumental works by one of the most influential sculptors working todayExplore two majestic works by renowned artist Ursula von Rydingsvard in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. First constructed in cedar and then cast in bronze and urethane resin, these lyrical sculptures exemplify the artist’s complex approach to scale, material, and technique. Now, She coincides with a major exhibition devoted to the sculptor’s work at the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Bronze Bowl with LaceOne of the artist’s most ambitious works, this regal bronze sculpture stands nearly twenty feet tall and features a delicately perforated section at the top. Lit from within with a soft amber light, the sculpture slowly fuses with the sky at night. The artist affectionately refers to this work as the “bronze princess.”
Elegantka IIThis ice-blue column spirals gently from a narrow base through a rough, knotty midsection into a voluminous top. The artist describes the textured surface of this ten-foot-tall sculpture—an exact urethane resin cast of a cedar model—as “feathers of a wet bird.”
About the ArtistBorn in Deensen, Germany, Ursula von Rydingsvard has lived and worked in New York since the 1970s. Her work has been broadly exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center; and the Storm King Art Center. To see more of the artist’s work, visit her website.
Watch: Time-Lapse Video of Bronze Bowl with Lace
In this short time-lapse video, see how Ursula von Rydingsvard’s monumental sculpture Bronze Bowl with Lace was carefully installed on a terrace in our Sculpture Garden. Artwork courtesy of the artist. Video produced by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018