Fletcher Benton        (American, born 1931)

Donut No. 3, 2002


276 x 240 x 144 inches

Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, gift of Mrs. and Dr. Yoel Haller

Fletcher Benton’s, Donut No. 3,2002, maintains a balance against improbable odds. In this monumental work, Benton contrasts symmetry and asymmetry, order and chance, logic and uncertainty. Using a coat of rusty red paint, each classical colossal form exists neatly within the visual and conceptual Constructivist vocabulary. Benton believes that: “one can obtain the highest aesthetic impact with the most economical statement; and the most vital and elusive of the sculptor’s materials is space itself.” In this work Benton combines the heaviness of the COR-TEN steel with the rhythmic arrangement of pure geometric forms, exemplifying Benton’s willingness to adjust to thinking “in-the-medium,” the work is both rigid and organic in its formal arrangement, and is a complement to its place in this natural setting.


Fletcher Benton was born in 1931 in Jackson, Ohio. Benton earned his B.F.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1956. He taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and California State University in San Jose. Benton has received several awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center in 2008. He has been in numerous one-person and group exhibitions since 1959, including exhibitions at the San Antonio Museum of Art; the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. His works are represented in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; the Kröller-Müller Museum and Sculpture Garden, Otterlo, the Netherlands; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For more information, visit Benton’s website http://www.fletcherbenton.com