Jack Wesley Burnham

  • Sculpture’s Vanishing Base

    FUNCTIONS OF THE SCULPTURE BASE: The base is the sculptor’s convention for rooting his art to surrounding reality while permitting it to stand apart. As such, the base creates a twilight zone both physically and psychically. It says, in effect, that this sculpted object has a life, a “presence” of its own. Its use to support various top-heavy standing figures, and to provide a perch to minimize damage, are the obvious physical reasons for its existence; beyond that, the base helps to create an aura of distance and dignity around the favored object. Moreover, the Western tradition has been