Credit: Photographs courtesy of Chris Arend Photography
Aluminum, 20 ft x 25 ft x 9 ft, 1985
Seventh Avenue and A Street
Pfitzenmeier likens this geometric design to geological formations of mineral crystals. The work is playful and inviting, designed so visitors can walk under and around the sculpture and experience it from different angles. The sculpture weighs about 7,000 pounds, but because the shapes taper to narrow points at ground level, the work gives the illusion of something very light that is barely secured. The bold red color was chosen to contrast with the white snow and dark skies of Alaska winters.
Robert Pfitzenmeier has a degree in metalsmithing and ceramics from Syracuse University. He worked with artist George Sugarman prior to overseeing the metals shop at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska from 1981-84. He has taught at several institutions including Parsons School of Design. He had a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum in 1979. He lives on the East Coast.