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Sculptor:
Vail, Lorraine  Search this
Contractor:
Earnie Sines  Search this
Subject:
Einstein, Albert  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bonded bronze; Base: concrete
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Bench
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Construction 850 Hungerford Drive Rockville Maryland 20850
Located Watkins Mill High School 10301 Apple Ridge Road Courtyard Gaithersburg Maryland 20879
Date:
Cast 1989. Copyrighted 1989. 1990
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Maryland survey, 1993.
Summary:
A relief of Einstein and several imaginary figures are placed in various locations throughout a multilevel courtyard. On top of a wall in the middle of the courtyard, is the crow-like Renaissance bird, wearing a floppy hat, pantaloons and shoes with bells on their tips. On a lower level is an owl, wearing a hat with a key attached to it. Huddled against its back are two meercats, standing on their hind legs. On the reverse side of the wall is a relief in the shape of a computer screen, with Einstein's head floating on a graphical plot of a mandelbrot set, and hatchet fish swimming by. Rectangular seats in front of the relief appear to be keys on a computer keyboard. To the left of the Renaissance bird is a crocodile in a lab coat, standing in front of an obelisk and holding a book and a test tube. At the front of the lowest level of the terrace is a sunken pit. Inside the pit is Dr. Digwell, a balding archaeologist with glasses and a moustache, who has uncovered thirteen vaguely Mayan figurines. One of the figurines is trying to run away while another is biting Dr. Digwell's proper right hand. On a secondary platform is a terrapin wearing a beach hat, sunglasses and surfer-shorts basking in the sun outside his shell. A shoebill stork stands behind him, balancing on one leg and holding a basketball against the top of the terrapin's shell. The laces of the stork's high-top sneakers are untied.
Topic:
Ethnic--Maya  Search this
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Science--Archaeologist  Search this
Occupation--Science--Physicist  Search this
Animal--Bird--Crow  Search this
Animal--Bird--Owl  Search this
Animal--Fish  Search this
Animal--Meercat  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Crocodile  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Turtle  Search this
Animal--Bird--Stork  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Object--Toy--Sports Equipment  Search this
Control number:
IAS MD000439
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_335422