Coin Toss (2009)
14 feet diameter by approximately 45 feet (span)
Located in Main Concourse, SE Entry
Just about every sculpture that has ever been made has had
to struggle against gravity - to fight against its downward tug,
to rise up off the ground, and to stand tall, with the authority of
a monument. Mobiles are different because they hang from the
ceiling. But their affect also depends upon a balance with gravity
being struck, so that they seem to float in midair.
Annette Lawrence's graceful sculpture stands apart from
this history for one simple reason: gravity does not matter to
it. As an original work of art, it has as much to do with the
nearly immaterial installations of California's Light-and-Space
movement as it does with the geometric sculptures of such
New York Minimalists as Donald Judd and Fred Sandback.
Lawrence's tautly stretched steel cables inhabit an architectural
interior, enhancing the grand entrance by giving elegant form to
the passage of time and the movement of bodies through space.
The North Texas artist's hourglass-shaped sculpture comes alive
when one walks under it. That is when the gentle curves of its
profile shift, causing the open volume it wraps around to appear
to contract and expand. Dazzling reflections dance off its shiny
silver cables. The faster one walks, the faster they spiral through
space. This movement is suggested by the work's title: Coin
Toss (2009) calls to mind the start of each game, when a coin
spins through space in a manner very similar to that described
by Lawrence's streamlined sculpture, which commands a lot
more space than it actually occupies.