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Photo: Paul Macapia


1967-68 / 1999

Tony Smith

American, 1912-1980

Initially trained as an architect, Tony Smith first experimented with sculpture when he was nearly fifty. Stinger, one of his most monumental works, recalls an ancient structure such as a fortress, with three closed sides and one open side inviting the viewer to cross a threshold to its interior. Composed of cross-sections of tetrahedral and octahedral shapes, the sculpture combines a simple plan and complex elevation; resting on a single point it appears to hover above the ground. Originally called One Gate, Smith titled Stinger after the popular cocktail that is deceptively sweet but slyly intoxicating.
Steel, painted black
6 ft. 6 in. x 33 ft. 4 1/4 in. x 33 ft. 4 1/4 in.
Gift of Jane Smith
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Olympic Sculture Park


Published ReferencesCorrin, Lisa Graziose et al. "Olympic Sculpture Park." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. pp. 44-45

Ishikawa, Chiyo, ed. "A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p. 99

Kangas, Matthew, "Sculpture", October 2007, Vol 26, No. 8

"Seattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures." London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, pp. 78-79, illus. p. 79

Smith, Kiki et al. "Not an Object. Not a Monument. The Complete Large-Scale Sculpture of Tony Smith." London: Steidl Publishers MM, 2006, pp. 60-61, 92

"Tony Smith: Stinger." New York: Paula Cooper Gallery, 1999

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