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Designer:
Iafrate, Frank J.  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: Welded steel, painted blue and white; Base: steel, painted green
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Located Route 1 at Davisville base entrance North Kingstown Rhode Island
Date:
Designed 1942. 1969
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Rhode Island survey, 1994.
Image on file.
(On plaque on base:) 1942-1992/U. S. Navy/Seabees/50 Years of Service/original home/of/the Seabees/Davisville, R. I. unsigned
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Summary:
A cartoonish figure of a bee in a Navy cap holding a machine gun in two front arms. Middle and rear arms hold a claw, sledge hammer and monkey wrenches. The bee is scowling and in flight. The base is a pontoon, a product once manufactured on the navy base where this piece is sited.
Topic:
Animal--Insect--Bee  Search this
Object--Weapon--Gun  Search this
Object--Tool--Hammer  Search this
Object--Tool--Wrench  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Pontoon  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Military  Search this
Control number:
IAS RI000116
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_320879