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Siah Armajani, Bridge for Robert Venturi (1970)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Known for the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge that connects the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park, Armajani makes work that confounds the boundaries between art and architecture, public and private art. Armajani questions the nature of function and form, taking his inspiration from early American architectural archetypes such as log cabins, Shaker barns, and covered bridges.

Bridge for Robert Venturi is one in a series of models called "Limit Bridges" where the apparently logical passageway is diverted and/or denied. Dedicated to Robert Venturi, a noted American architect who has championed vernacular architecture and written much about the need for the built environment to connect with the larger environment, Armajani' s bridge is an intentional contradiction of form and function serving an invisible landscape where its form may actually function.

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Source: Label text for Siah Armajani, Bridge for Robert Venturi (1970), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009