Cubed Squared, 1969
painted COR-TEN steel
86 x 105 x 97 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Grunwald

Jerald Jacquard’s Cubed Squared, 1969, appears as a simple construction, yet it is paradoxically complex. Using the added element of the fixed wheel, Jacquard creates a feeling of both implied movement and precarious balance. Comprised of hollow bright blue geometric forms of painted COR-TEN steel, each element is joined together to form an open composition. The sculpture appears to balance on a trio of “legs.” It is a structure with few parts, yet it creates multiple spaces where volumes intersect that seem to open and close, revealing areas that are simultaneously firm and flimsy. Its vivid coat of paint helps to separate the sculpture from its surrounding environment, adding to its almost magical suspension in space. In the artist's own words, “Like a Zen garden, I hope that it presents for the viewer a sense of tranquility and simultaneous challenge, the chemistry between the physical and the intellectual.”

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Jerald Jacquard was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1937. He earned his B.A. in 1960 and his M.A. in 1962 from Michigan State University. Jacquard established a sculpture department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1967 and was a professor of art at Indiana University for more than 25 years. He has been awarded several fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Florence, Italy, in 1963; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1972; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Jacquard has works in collections including the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the White River State Park, Indianapolis.