Aesop's Fables, II

Mark di Suvero


Northeast Sector Lawn
(near Stata Center)

Mark di Suvero is best known for his architecturally-scaled, abstract sculptures fabricated from industrial building materials. Created from steel plates and I-beams and painted red, di Suvero and his crew assembled Aesop’s Fables II on site using plasma cutters, welding torches, and cranes. Di Suvero does not conceal the bolted joints or welded areas of his sculptures, opting instead to emphasize his materials and methods of fabrication. Connected by a single I-beam, the two main components of Aesop’s Fables II are spatially and materially connected but they also are formally distinct. One component is composed of five interlocking I-beams, joined to form dynamic angles that seem to recall the gestural compulsions of abstract expressionism. The second component, which is built with curved steel plates, seems grounded in hard-edge geometric abstraction. Negative space and implied movement feature prominently in both components and the sprawling ground that they occupy. In Aesop’s Fables II, different shapes and spaces emerge from each viewing angle and distance, compelling viewers to consider their own position and size in relation to the surrounding architectural environment.

 A founding member of the New York’s Park Place Group and Socrates Sculpture Park, di Suvero has made enduring contributions to modern sculpture and has been a pioneering advocate for community-oriented and accessible public art. Aesop’s Fables II is installed on Hockfield Court, a site immediately adjacent to Frank Gehry’s Stata Center, which is vital to MIT and the surrounding community. The prominent location and striking form have rendered Aesop’s Fables II a Cambridge landmark.

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Painted steel


142 in. x 420 in. x
166 in.
(360.68 cm x
1066.8 cm x
421.64 cm)


Made possible through the generosity of the artist, gifts from Vera G. List and the Family of Robert S. Sanders, MIT ‘64, and by MIT Percent-for-Art Funds for the Northeast Sector Landscape

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