Visiting Gravity Garden, September 11, 2001
THE CLUTCH, 1997, Sculpture by Jim Needham
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This second image of THE CLUTCH, 1997, was made from an unusual perspective yet nearly reveals the classic view of this piece. Clearly, in this work the tension is horizontal in contrast to many of my other works which utilize the dynamic of vertical tension. For me this sculpture is a reminder that each of us, whether as members of a culture, clan, or tribe, both support, and are supported by the other members of our group. In this installation a community is defined by the sum of the collection of a wide variety of different forces or perspectives. If all the stones leaned in the same direction the whole installation would collapse. Each stone requires others to maintain this fragile state of equilibrium. See the connection?