Photo: Susan A. Cole



Roy McMakin

American, born 1956

Roy McMakin's furniture, sculpture and architecture undermine the hierarchical distinctions between these three genres. His cast concrete bench is a sculptural and functional object, meant for outdoor display and use. It combines a sense of massing and density with intimate details that are the hallmark of McMakin's craftsmanship in all materials. Initially conceived for a project at the Koret Quad at the University of California, San Francisco, McMakin's outdoor seating also complements the artist's nearby sculpture Love & Loss.
Concrete, bronze, and steel with porcelain enamel
5 x 5 x 3 ft. bench; with other elements dimensions variable
Gift of the artist and Michael Jacobs, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: Collection of the artist
Photo: Susan A. Cole
Now on view at the Olympic Sculture Park


Exhibition HistoryLos Angeles, California, The Museum of Contemporary Art, "A Door Meant as Adornment", March 23 - June 29, 2003; Seattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, February 9, - May 9, 2004
Published ReferencesEngland, Alice H., et al. "Assessing the Protective Quality of Wax Coatings on Bronze Sculptures Using Hydrogel Patches in Impedance Measurements." PDXScholar: Coatings 6, no. 4 (2016): p. 3, reproduced fig. c.

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