Highstein creates abstract sculptures that have been described as primeval and reminiscent of ancient totems. Rather than sculpting figuratively, he approaches sculpting as a process of divining, letting the piece dictate what it needs to be. Ada’s Willis a ferro cement sculpture based on what Highstein describes as a vocabulary of basic imagery that is found by observing natural forms. The source material for his work derives mainly from stone age tools, ceremonial objects, and ancient idols.
Year Completed: 1990
Material: Steel-reinforced and painted concrete
Donor: Laumeier Sculpture Park commission