Spiraling out of the landscape, Gyre is situated invitingly on the Museum Trail. The sculpture was made by a dramatic earth-casting technique daringly practiced by Thomas Sayre. A back-hoe carved three separate elliptical shapes into the ground. The concrete-iron oxide mixture was poured directly into these trenches, rather than into conventional formwork, and allowed to cure. Then a crane pulled up each element, positioned it, and lowered it into place. This oversimplification greatly underplays the difficulty of the process.
Tags: earthwork, geography, site specific