"Linen Lean-To" Tapestry Bas-Relief

Designer: Sheila Hicks (American, born Hastings, Nebraska, 1934)

Date: designed 1967–68; executed 1985

Medium: Linen

Dimensions: 59-1/8 x 82-3/4 x 6 in. (150 x 210 x 15.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Tapestries

Credit Line: Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.7

Rights and Reproduction: © Sheila Hicks


Sheila Hicks conceived this work after a winter trip to Normandy, France. She successfully recreated the effect of snow piled high on the rooftops by overlapping layers of tassels made from bleached linen thread to produce a luxuriantly thick, soft-white relief.