Allegheny Drift

Artist: Michael Dunbar

Medium: Steel

Year: 1995

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Allegheny Drift

UPDATED COPY: Allegheny refers to a geographic region in and around Pennsylvania and is also where Dunbar’s grandfather and mother were born. The large abstract steel shapes resemble tectonic plates near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania which is also the birthplace of the steel industry. Dunbar was influenced by a specific tool used in steel manufacturing; a “drift pin”. Look for the circular parts within the sculpture, these resemble drift pins.

The Allegheny region is comprised of a mountain range, river and a large expanse of high ground. It begins in the northeast United States in central Pennsylvania and moves southwest through western Maryland and eastern West Virginia to Southwestern Virginia. The word Allegheny is thought to originate from the Lenape (Delaware) Indians and means “fine river”.

Tectonic Plates are part of the earth’s crust and are always shifting and moving. Sometimes, when they shift, they can cause earthquakes. Imagine the large steel plates of this sculpture moving and shifting. What sound would they make?

In various metal work trades, the tapered drift pin aligns holes within separate large metal parts together. Look for the circular parts within the sculpture, these resemble drift pins.

 

Michael Dunbar, Allegheny Drift, 1995, steel (detail)

 

Klein Tools, 11/16 in. Barrel-Type Drift Pin 3260, https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-11-16-in-Barrel-Type-Drift-Pin-3260/203579646

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