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VEE-I

Artist: Larry Mohr (1921 - 2013) Primary
Date: 1982
20th Century
Dimensions: 144 in. (365.76 cm)
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Cor-Ten steel
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: CAC2018.01.01
On View: Behind Gonzaga Hall

VEE-I is a 12-foot high sculpture formed of Cor-Ten steel I-beams interlocked into two V-shapes. On the symbolism of the V, the sculptor Larry Mohr wrote "in my mind the vee-form shape of each of the two parts of the sculpture and the wartime V-for-Victory sign, were both part of the name. In the future, I would like the title to also stand for a tiny positive step towards the ultimate victory of people of good will.”

As the dedication plaque indicates, VEE-I is dedicated to those Catholics who helped Jews escape persecution during the Holocaust, during which twenty members of Mohr’s family perished. The artist himself agreed on the choice of Fairfield red for the sculpture, as its initial unfinished surface blended too well into the surrounding landscape.




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Contemporary
Period and styles of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture dating from the recent past and present. It differs from modern art in that the term 'Contemporary art' does not carry the implication of a non-traditional style, but instead refers only to the time period in which the work was created. 'Modern' and 'Contemporary' are inherently fluid terms. The term 'Contemporary' is sometimes more narrowly used to refer to art from ca. 1960 or 1970 up to the present. To refer to the current time period without reference to style of art, use "contemporary (generic time frame)".
statues
Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
abstract
Genre of visual arts in which figurative subjects or other forms are simplified or changed in their representation so that they do not portray a recognizable person, object, thing, etc.; may reference an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object. For the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances, prefer "abstraction." For 20th-century art styles that were a reaction against the traditional European conception of art as the imitation of nature, use "Abstract (fine arts style)."
Cor-Ten steel (TM)
A weathering steel that has superior corrosion resistance over regular carbon steel because of a protective oxide film on the metal's surface. Its 50,000 minimum yield strength allows for cost reduction because lighter sections can be designed and built into structures; it is generally meant to be used in unpainted applications where a reduction in maintenance costs, such as painting, are desired. Cor-Ten is a brand name for corrosion resistant products that were developed by United States Steel; Cor-Ten has subsequently been licensed to be produced by other steel manufacturers.

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