Cores for Laumeier, 2003
19 x 135 x 137 inches (each 63 inches in diameter)
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, gift of Steve Maritz

A series of three large, stone discs resembling a prehistoric style bean bag, Mark Menin’s Cores for Laumeier, 2003, employs the manipulation of earth’s geological formations, relying on human intervention to complete the work. Menin’s stone sculpture provides a primitive ergonomic seat to rest and contemplate the setting and your place within it; a lively integration of man in nature as art.

Sculpture Interaction Guideline: Sit, But Do Not Climb


Mark Mennin was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1960. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University in 1982. Mennin is known for his massive granite carvings, connecting the old tradition of stone carving to contemporary art. His pieces often contain a figural narrative, visually dealing with aspects of the body or hinting at the absence of the human form. Mennin has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions including the Palazzo Paolina, Viareggio, Italy; Victoria Munroe Gallery, Miller Geisler Gallery and Marisa del Re Gallery, New York; Galerie Thomas Von Lintel, Munich; and Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco. His work is in the collections of the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the New Harmony Institute, Indiana; and the State University of New York, Staten Island.

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