a serpentine aluminum sculpture, painted black, balances atop a bed of small stones surrounded by grass, set against a backdrop of green trees, mountains, and blue skies with hazy clouds

Clement Meadmore (American, born Australia, 1929–2005)

Around and About, 1971

Painted aluminum, 84 x 132 x 87 inches

Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont. Gift of Ken and Linda Wilson, 2000.032.

Location: Pond behind the Mahaney Arts Center

Clement Meadmore’s repeated and characteristic use of geometric but fluid shapes reflects his training as an aeronautical engineer.

Like many of Meadmore’s mature sculptures, Around and About consists of two basic geometric forms, square and a quarter circle, extended into space. The black, matte finish of the surfaces unifies the overall effect.

Around and About resolves the tensions between closed form and its extension into space, and achieves stability and balance while implying motion. Meadmore combined the geometric forms of contemporary Minimalist art with the expressive potential of artistic gesture derived from earlier Abstract Expressionism.