Pyramid Bench

Artist:    Jesús Bautista Moroles  (1950-    )

Title:    Pyramid Bench

Date:   1990

Dimensions:   Texas granite

Description:   Abstract bench with saddle area in middle and horizontal steps cut into sides.

Location on Campus:   At entrance to Baum Gallery,  McCastlain Hall

Artist Statement: Jesús Bautista Moroles

I have always worked with granite. I go to quarries all over the United States and
countries throughout the world to hand-pick the stones for my sculpture. Usually I don’t
have a clear picture of the piece I want to make before I start working on the stone. I
spend a lot of time simply looking at the various pieces of granite in the studio, and
eventually I can see a shape beginning to form. I just keep looking and try to get a
feeling for what it should be. I let the stone tell me its inner nature. It takes time to just
look and see its hear. I try and follow the dictates of the stone — by cutting and tearing
and polishing, I expose its inner nature. As I keep working with the stone, it begins to
tell me what its final form might be. Granite is one of the hardest of all stones and as I’m
working on a piece, I feel that it pushes me until the moment arrives when the stone and I
agree what the sculpture will be. I read a stone like other people read a book. Since one
of the main emphases of my work is the beauty of man and nature working together,
many of my sculptures are designed to be interactive — I want them to be touched and
rolled and played with. Some of them even make music.

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