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Poet Sitting by a Tree

By Ernest Trova
Category: Sculpture


The Poet series is characterized by simplified black steel forms. The figure that represents the Poet is often so abstracted as to be almost unrecognizable, presenting not as specific people, but as person-sized monoliths. Their identity as figures is not created through specificity of form, but implied through their size and relationship with their surroundings.

Trova’s Poet Sitting by a Tree is one of seven works in his Poetseries. Begun in 1973 as a side project, the series focuses on the silhouettes of one or more figures.  The figures of the poet are abstract and their gender unidentifiable. In this piece, the poet calmly rests by a tree in a meditative state. Its solitary condition is greeted by the changing elements of the season and Laumeier’s passing visitors—whether human or woodland creature. Trova’s gift of forty works to St. Louis County helped bring Laumeier Sculpture Park to life in 1976. Many of these works are displayed throughout the park and region, so that the St. Louis native’s legacy is alive at Laumeier and in the arts community. Examples of Trova’s geometric, abstract and figurative work can be seen throughout the Park.

Courtesy of Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Dimensions: 25′ x 12′ x 12′
Year Completed: 1975
Material: Painted Cor-ten steel
Owner: Gift of the artist

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