Wall Column

Beverly Buchanan American

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Buchanan created Wall Column in Macon, Georgia, where she added a few pinches of Georgia clay to concrete, and painted the resulting forms in a light patina of burnt sienna. Born and raised in North Carolina, Buchanan became interested in the notion of ruins both urban and rural in 1977. She began to construct cast-concrete blocks, or what she called "frustules," that emulated the rough erosion of weathered buildings. "Frustum" is a geometric term for the base of a cone whose tip has been cut off. The title Wall Column implies that the blocks were originally unified but then transformed into new forms out of a process of demolition.

Wall Column, Beverly Buchanan (American, Fuquay, North Carolina 1940–2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan), Concrete and paint

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