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House of the Minotaur

By Tony (Bernard) Rosenthal
Category: Sculpture


House of the Minotaur, 1980, by Tony Rosenthal takes its name from the ancient Greek myth of King Minos of Crete, who built a tortuous labyrinth where the Minotaur, a creature half man and half beast, was held. Here, a series of prismatic steel panels are arranged to form a playful maze, creating a public, participatory sculpture. This work embodies the artist’s sentiment for human interaction with the built environment by way of endless visual variation; this architectural puzzle is meant to provoke the viewer into an ongoing dialogue with the work.

Courtesy of Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Dimensions: 5′ x 15′ x 15′
Year Completed: 1980
Material: Painted steel
Donor: Gift of the artist in honor of Adam and Judith Aronson

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