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

Poeta, Dear Diary and Honored Guest

Poeta, Dear Diary and Honored Guest

Artist: Wiilaim King, American, b. 1925
Title: Poeta, Dear Diary and Honored Guest, 1985
Media: Cast aluminum
Dimensions: Each figure is 6' tall
Owner: Collection of Chesterfield Arts, Gift of Lous Sachs 2002

About the Work
Grouped on a mound of dirt under three young trees stand three linear cast aluminum figures, Poeta, Dear Diary and Honored Guest. Although they appear to be sitting on chairs, each one is in fact propped up in a sitting position by two thin poles that are anchored in the ground. They connect to the rear of each figure, giving support and stability. One figure’s back is turned toward the other’s while he holds an open book in his hands, into which he focuses his full attention. Sitting behind this figure within “earshot” are two other figures who appear to be engaged in relaxed conversation.
The somewhat ungainly posture of these three men remind one of circus clowns who are quite comfortable walking on stilts and who, like mime characters, can make one believe through their body language that they are sitting on chairs, reading or talking.

The figures in Poeta, Dear Diary and Honored Guest are fabricated from cast aluminum. The frontal surfaces of each figure are deeply textured and resemble tree bark. In comparison, the undersurfaces are rather smooth and concave—resembling the undersides of bark.

William King was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1925. His studies took him from the University of Florida to the Cooper Union Art School, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the Academia dei Belli Arte (Rome) and the Central School (London). He has taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Arts Students League. He has had many solo and group exhibitions. His work can be found in the collections of Nelson Rockefeller, Joseph Hirshorn, and New York University.
He currently lives in New York.