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Standing Couple

Artist: Mara Scrupe (1955 - )
Date: 1989
20th century
Dimensions: 144 in. (365.76 cm)
Dimensions Extent: approximate
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Welded, painted steel
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, 1997
Accession Number: CAC2018.03.01
On View: Outside of Quick Center for the Performing Arts

This 12-foot steel sculpture depicts two abstract and androgynous figures, their squat torsos poised above disproportionately long legs. Although they are composed of segments of geometrically-shaped steel, they have a remarkably fluid appearance. Viewers enjoy multiple perspectives of Standing Couple, thanks to its location at the intersection of four paths near the Quick Center for the Arts.

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