December 7, 2012 — Sage Scott
Chance Meeting by George Segal
In addition to his Rush Hour piece in the sculpture garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, pop artist George Segal also has Chance Meeting on display.
While Segal started his art career as a painter, he is most known for his life-size figures usually modeled from people close to him. For example, the woman in heels in Chance Meeting is his daughter, Rena. Instead of traditional casting techniques, Segal used gauze strips used for making orthopedic casts. He would wrap the model with the bandages in sections, then remove them and put them back together. The re-assembled cast pieces became the final sculpture, including the rough texture of the bandages, rather than a mold.
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