Arts in Transit
Chesterfield Arts
St. Louis
Grand Center
U. City

Linked Forms

Linked Forms

Artist: Richard Hunt, American, b. 1935
Title: Linked Forms, 1999
Media: Welded stainless steel (sanded, burnished, and 3M polished surface)
Dimensions: 11'6" h., 5' w., 5' d.
Owner: Laumeier Sculpture Park

About the Work
Tethered and suspended, graceful twisting metal tendrils suggest both new growth and root forms. Capturing sky and treed canopy, Richard Hunt’s Linked Forms seemingly floats among the trees 50 feet above the forest floor anchored by cables that almost disappear. A permanent installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park, this magical piece that changes with the seasons continuously presents the viewer with an evocative set of contrasting relationships. Hunt is particularly interested in how public art can be responsive to the dynamics of community. And also, how an involvement in public art both challenges the sculptor’s creativity and also gives vitality to site-specific art.

Richard Hunt initially worked as an independent, studio-based artist in Chicago using a variety of materials and techniques. As he was in the midst of developing a large piece entitled “Play,” he found that he had to move out of the confines of his studio into a larger factory-based fabrication setting. With the change, using industrial fabrication as an integral element of production, he found that this collaborative work environment stimulated new creative possibilities. He continues to use these methods.

Born in Chicago in 1935, artist Richard Hunt began exploring sculpture as a young student at the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He later received a B.A. degree from the Art Institute. After graduating, a James Raymond Nelson Travel Award enabled him to study in England, France, Spain, and Italy. Hunt, who was proud of his roots in the Midwest and his African American heritage, exhibited his sculptures in and around the Chicago area. His evocative pieces explore and merge opposites—natural forms with industrial; formalism with expressionism; and still, fixed forms with that which is fleeting and ephemeral. Since the 1960s he has accepted residencies and faculty appointments at a wide variety of schools and universities.