Welcome, Rhea



Our Upper Schoolers were wondering about the sculpture that appeared on the lawn over spring break. I finally put the speculations to rest by telling them:

It is not an oversize sock puppet, a giant elbow, or knee, or any other body part. It is not an animal, half-eaten whale, vertical iguana, or small dinosaur, and it is certainly not an intergalactic device for detecting life on other planets. So, what is it?

I know you’ve all been very worried since you came back, and to stem the rumors I thought you should know the sculpture is called Rhea and is an abstract representation of the Greek Titaness daughter of the earth goddess, Gaia. Weighing about 2,000 pounds, Rhea is cast bronze, and I hope you will come to accept her for who she is and let her be free.

Rhea is by a modernist British sculptor, William Tucker, who was born in Cairo and moved to England with his parents as a child, where he was raised. He went to Oxford and now lives in Brooklyn. Since living in NYC, he has taught at Columbia and at the New York Studio of Drawing Painting and Sculpture.

Rhea was recently part of a three-month retrospective exhibition called “William Tucker Mass and Figure” at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain and prior to that, Rhea was on loan and display at MIT. She also lived for several years at Ashforth’s Greenwich Plaza.

Rhea has been offered on loan to GFA for a minimum of five years or longer. So let’s have a community effort to adopt Rhea and make her our own. I have it on good authority that she loves it here.

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