Mathematical and geometrical structures inherent in molecules and crystals inspired the tetrahedral and octahedral shapes of Wandering Rocks. Tony Smith, who began his career as an architect, was compelled by questions of structure, and by a belief in the mythical and archetypal symbolism of forms. Wandering Rocks finds its title in the wandering of Ulysses in James Joyce's book. The organization of its five parts pays homage to the Royoanji Zen garden in Kyoto, Japan.
Steel, painted black, Smohawk: 23 x 48 3/8 x 28 in.; Shaft: 45 1/2 x 63 3/8 x 28 in.; Crocus: 45 x 43 3/8 x 28 in.; Slide: 23 x 64 3/8 x 28 in.; Dud: 23 x 32 3/8 x 83 1/2 in. Weight: 1368 lb., Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2016.17.4, © 2008 Estate of Tony Smith
Provenance: Acquired from the artist; [Fourcade, Droll Inc., New York];[Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York]; Purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, 1973.