Thursday, June 17, 2010

Louise Nevelson's monumental sculpture "Dawn Forest" has left the building.

Did you get to see it? (new info below)

It was Louise Nevelson's largest work. The multi-part white plywood assemblage dominated the dark paneled lobby of the Atlanta's Georgia Pacific Headquarters Building. Was it the biggest sculpture in Atlanta?

I've been cruising Georgia Pacific Lobby nearly every week for the last few months getting to know it. Today: Louise Nevelson's Dawn Forest is gone. There may be a chunk or two left behind scaffolding and curtains.

The security guard said plans for the lobby were hush, hush.

Dawn Forrest is headed to the Naples Museum of Art where I'm sure it will make quite a scene.



  1. An artist did an exhibit using bright orange plastic construction fencing when I was in college.

    It snaked thru lawn & around buildings.

    The maintenance crew threw it out.

    Your post reminded me of it.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  2. This wasn't thrown out. No mistaking it for an accident. It's quite designed and quite complex. There is enough wood in it to build a house. I enjoyed it the more I saw it yet I don't have the vaguest idea why. Except: I get some sense of Ms. Nevelson's power of conceptualization. There is one brain behind this thing. It called me back to look again and I'm glad I had the opportunity to see it for free.

  3. Another stellar example of the High underscoring of how provincial it is. I remember that sculpture well and though Nevelon is not one of my favorites it sat well in the cavernous space. Makes me wonder what anodyne nonsense ..... well, don't get me started!

  4. I didn't get to see it.

    (On another more personal note, Brookgreen Gardens was a favorite visit when I was growing up, too, one of my father's favorite places. I felt that post deeply and was pleased to read your wonderful comment.)

  5. Wegman and Associates of Atlanta painstakingly disassembled the piece and handled the move professionally and respectful to the memory of Ms. Nevelson.


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