Six Lines in a T, 1966–79
10 ft. 8 in. x 6 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 30 1/2 in. (325.1 x 199.4 x 77.5 cm)
Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
© 2021 Estate of George Rickey / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
In Six Lines in a T, among Rickey’s first non-objective works, six hand-crafted, reflective, stainless steel blades are attached to a thin horizontal scaffold welded to a slender vertical pole. When at rest, the lines are roughly parallel to the ground, but the slightest breeze sets them in motion, each blade moving in its own predetermined arc, crisscrossing the paths of the others, without ever touching them. While never making a sound, the sculpture makes palpable the movement of the surrounding breeze, like leaves on a tree, its variegated surface changing with the ambient light.