Lloyd Hamrol and his sculpture Woven Cone (1973) at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California on May 22, 2007. Photo credit: Audrey Chan.
Last May, Tom Lawson invited me to interview artist and former CalArts School of Art faculty member, Lloyd Hamrol, whose collaborative rope sculpture Woven Cone (1973) was an iconic fixture on the CalArts campus for decades. During my two years at CalArts, I would pass it everyday as I walked to my studio. The sculpture had taken on a fairly legendary status – if decrepit in aspect – as a rumored site of marriage proposal and a totem to animistic pseudo-spiritual rituals. Regardless, it was one of the few pieces of public art on campus and its hippie aesthetic and modest presence hearkened back to the early days of the institution as much as Frank Gehry’s post-cataclysmic concrete fortress architecture. Read more »