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Melvin Edwards

(American, born 1937)

Homage to My Father and the Spirit

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Object Details

Artist

Melvin Edwards

Date

1969

Medium

Stainless steel and painted steel

Dimensions

96 x 1/2 in. (243.8 x 1.3 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the generosity of individual donors

Object
Number

69.089

This sculpture is installed at the Appel Commons Community Center off Cradit Farm Drive. Melvin Edwa(…)

This sculpture is installed at the Appel Commons Community Center off Cradit Farm Drive. Melvin Edwards begins with ideas and proceeds to thought-provoking shapes. This work, commissioned by Tom Leavitt (the Museum’s first director, from 1968 to 1991) for Cornell, is a tribute to the encouragement offered by his father to the sculptor as he developed into a mature artist. Its two evocative shapes may suggest their relationship: a large reflective disk, and two rows of steps based on the step pyramid at Saqqara, Egypt, honoring the eternal life of the pharaoh, Djoser.

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