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Sartory, Barna von  Search this
Baker, Keith  Search this
Kovach, Charles  Search this
Block: Indiana limestone; Portal: stainless steel; Foundation: concrete pads
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Cincinnati Cincinnati Recreation Commission 805 Central Avenue, Suite 800, Two Centennial Plaza Cincinnati Ohio 45202
Located Sawyer Point Park Bicentennial Commons, under the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge Cincinnati Ohio
1972. Dedicated Oct. 18, 1972
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Ohio, Cincinnati survey, 1992.
Groene, Lela Lineberger, "Rolling Stones," Artscape (Sept. 1991): pg. 26-29.
Cincinnati Enquirer, May 24, 1987, pg. B-1, B-2.
Cincinnati Post, Dec. 19, 1984.
Campen, Richard N., "Outdoor Sculpture in Ohio," Chagrin Falls, Ohio: West Summit Press, 1980.
"The Sculpture on the Square," Horizons (University of Cincinnati Magazine) (March 1973): pg. 8.
The Banner (Robert Bosch Corporation, Broadview, Illinois), 1973 (reprint).
Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 22, 1972.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 24, 1972.
Image on file.
Campen, Richard N., "Outdoor Sculpture in Ohio," Chagrin Falls, Ohio: West Summit Press, 1980, pg. 158.
(On west side of portal:) LAW AND SOCIETY/To commemorate the/One Hundredth Anniversary of the/Cincinnati Bar Association/and to exemplify the permanence/and strength of law's support/of society. This gift to the/City of Cincinnati, on February 27,/1972, was made possible by the/generosity of Charles Sawyer/Sculptor: Barna von Sartory signed
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.
This abstract sculpture consists of a 35 ton block of limestone, roughly hewn, atop a polished stainless steel portal. The block extends over either side of the portal. The narrower sides of the block contain parallel etched lines. The stainless steel portal is a post and lintel structure and is used as a gateway to the riverwalk in Sawyer Point Park. The artist stated that the sculpture represents how laws support the masses that make up society -- the man-made elements (steel) representing man's laws, upholding the organic mass (stone), representing man's social structure.
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Allegory--Civic--Law  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87830135
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums