About this artwork
Richard Hunt created Hero Construction in 1958, one year after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The sculpture is composed of found objects—old pipes, bits of metal, and automobile parts—that the artist discovered in junkyards and on the street. Using a torch like a paintbrush, Hunt welded these elements into a form that is abstract yet recognizable.
Hunt was fascinated with mythology, and Hero Construction can be related to other sculptures past and present, from ancient statues of Greek heroes to modern monuments of statesmen. The modest but monumental stance of the figure suggests a contemporary hero who maintains strength in the face of the uncertainties and dangers of the present age.
- Richard Hunt
- Hero Construction
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Without base: 162.6 × 73.7 cm (64 × 29 in.); Approx. base: H.: 12.7 cm (5 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont
- © Richard Hunt