Gunnar Theel Donates Sculpture to the James A. Michener Art Museum

. June 13, 2010 . 0 Comments

DOYLESTOWN, PA — New York City-based artist Gunnar Theel has donated his installation Skye Group (3) to the James A. Michener Art Museum in honor of the late Robin Larsen, founder and director of the New Hope Arts Center. On loan by the artist since 2007, the welded steel sculpture is on view outside of the Museum along Pine Street in Doylestown.


Gunnar Theel, Skye Group (3). James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of the Artist in Honor of Ms. Robin Larsen, New Hope, PA

“Skye Group (3) has exerted a powerful presence on the Michener’s grounds for the past three years,” says Constance Kimmerle, the Museum’s Curator of Collections. “We are delighted to now add this innovative work to the Museum’s permanent collection in recognition of Robin Larsen and her tireless efforts for Bucks County’s artistic community.”

Theel comments, “Robin was instrumental in the founding of New Hope Arts, Inc. and its annual ‘Sculpture New Hope’ exhibition showcasing both indoor and outdoor works. Robin did a wonderful job indeed.”

Created between 1998 and 2005, Skye Group (3) consists of three steel structures each measuring over eight feet high. Theel describes his concept for this piece as beginning with the opening of a vessel; the part that is physically not there: “I literally conceived first the non-material opening, and then gave it shape by applying the material, in this case steel. I wanted the sculptures to reach out and open up, ‘like the flower reaching towards the sun,’ as someone observed.”

Aspects of Theel’s installation were also inspired by Stonehenge in England, a renowned prehistoric site of sun worship. As at Stonehenge, viewers are invited to “enter” Skye Group (3) to walk around and among the structures. Theel’s interest in architecture, “in this case the house in particular as vessel, body or shelter,” also influences his work.

Theel’s sculpture is part of such prestigious collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art in Jacksonville, Florida; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey; Cedarhurst Sculpture Park in Mount Vernon, Illinois; and the National Memorial Archives in Washington, D.C. His work is also included in private collections both in the United States and abroad. Theel is represented by Sculpturesite Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Annual support for the Michener Art Museum is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Bucks County Commissioners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is an independent, non-profit institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania region. In addition to hosting a changing schedule of exhibitions from around the country, the Museum is home to the largest public collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. The Museum offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. The Museum is located at 138 South Pine Street in Doylestown. For current Museum hours and admission information, visit our website at www.MichenerArtMuseum.org or call the main phone number: (215) 340-9800. Group Tours: extension 117 / School Tours: extension 124.

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