Thinker on Rock is a prime example of Flanagan’s work. Even though the piece is tied to traditional sculpture in its materials and scale, its humor and playful mocking tone root it in the Dada and Surrealist movements. Specifically, Flanagan’s hares are indebted to the writings of Alfred Jarry, who “established himself as one of the surest enemies of antiquated academicism, through iconoclastic humor which demolished logic and morality.” A clear reference to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, this piece not only challenges traditional sculpture but also the celebrated act of intellectuals, making its placement on a university campus all the more fitting.
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Dimensions: 144.125″ x 73.25″ x 103.5″
Year Completed: 1997
Owner: Gateway Foundation