Lars
Fisk

Born 1970, Lebanon, NH
Works in Burlington, VT

Year created: 
1999
DeCordova Ball, Lars Fisk

Lars Fisk, DeCordova Ball, 1999, brick, mortar, slate, and copper, 8 1/2 feet in diameter, Gift of John Paluska and Cynthia Brown and Museum Purchase with The Beatrice H.Barrett Fund and funds donated by DeCordova Trustees and Overseers in honor of Paul Master-Karnik

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8 1/2 feet in diameter

brick, mortar, slate, and copper
Gift of John Paluska and Cynthia Brown and Museum Purchase with the Beatrice Barrett Fund and funds donated by deCordova Trustees and Overseers in honor of Paul Master-Karnik, 2007.24

The DeCordova Ball was created by Lars-Erik Fisk specifically for DeCordova's 1999 exhibition On the Ball: The Sphere in Contemporary Sculpture. The DeCordova Ball is one in a series of outdoor spheres created by Fisk. The artist sees the sphere as a "simple, seamless form expressing movement and the concept of endlessness and timelessness without a beginning, without an ending." The DeCordova Ball abstracts and complements the architecture of the Museum through the sculpture's red brick exterior, arched window form, and slate turret. The structure of the ball is comprised of a steel support skeleton which was filled with concrete and then coated in wet clay. Once dry, the clay was layered with bricks that were individually custom-cast by the artist. 

See also, Street Ball.