HAPPY EARTH DAY
Michele Oka Doner, United States, born 1945
Angry Neptune, Salacia, and Stride, 2008, Cast bronze
Museum purchase made possible by a bequest from Clarence and Ruth Roy, the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, and the support of the artist, 2009/1.466-468
Majestic yet seemingly crippled, these headless forms—hand burnished and patinated by the artist—evoke ancient, fossilized totems, their surface scarrings suggestive of the decay both of natural forces and of passing time. The artist has a long-standing interest in the natural world, and the three figures positioned here in a kind of timeless, abstracted conversation, ask us to consider the sacred qualities of nature.
See these three sculptures on Central Campus; on the east side of Alumni Memorial Hall - Museum of Art; between the Museum and Tappan Hall.