Sharp’s Bench

Artist: Barry Hehemann

Medium: Granite, concrete, painted steel bench,

Year: 1995

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Sharp’s Bench

Is it a sculpture, a bench, or both?

Barry Hehemann primarily creates large-scale sculptures in metal and stone, but Sharp’s Bench is one of several “sculptural benches” designed and fabricated by the artist. Hehemann’s benches are considered functional sculpture. In addition to the aesthetics of form – the way the sculpture looks – the benches encourage visitors to consider how well the sculpture works – its stability and comfort. 

Take a moment to move all the way around the sculpture. Consider its color, shape, and texture. Then, take a seat. What do you think? Is it a sculpture, a bench, or both?

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953, Barry Hehemann received a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1975. After receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977, Hehemann co-founded Vector Custom Fabricating in 1978. Vector is an architectural metals and sculpture fabricating company that continues to serve the art and construction communities today.

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