Off view

American, b. 1946
Three-Fold Manifestation II, 1987 (refabricated 2006)
Painted aluminum and stainless steel
29 ft. 3 in. x 14 ft. x 12 ft. (891.5 x 426.7 x 365.8 cm)
Gift of the artist
© Alice Aycock, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Aycock’s fantastical and complex Three-Fold Manifestation II arrived at Storm King in 1987, in advance of a retrospective exhibition of her work. Its form is reminiscent of Roman amphitheaters, one atop the other, and alludes to wide-ranging sources including archeology, science, and astrology. Aycock has noted that her initial inspiration originated with Walter Gropius’s unexecuted designs for three theaters. As Aycock has stated of the work, “I was working a lot with these stepped bowl-like forms; I would take astronomical diagrams and imagine the space that would be generated by these diagrams. These bowls or whirling, skewed spaces are tipped, so it’s as though you’re looking into disoriented worlds…. During the Medieval period and the Renaissance they illustrated people walking off to paradise through a whirling hole in the world, a tumbling structure.”

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