ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It weighs three tons and looks something like a crumbling rubber tire. The massive “Aureole I,” a sculpture by Tom Joyce, is now in place in front of Art House at 231 Delgado St.
Made of forged stainless steel, the piece has a diameter of 6 feet. It carries a recycling aspect, since it’s made out of industrial metal remnants. And the “crumbling tire” look is a reference to the geologic forces of expansion and contraction, according to a news release from The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, whose art collection in part in ongoing exhibitions at the Art House.
The sculpture was lifted from James Kelly Contemporary, where Joyce recently had a solo exhibition, and carried a mile by truck to the yard of the Art House, where an 18-inch-deep trench stood ready to support the weight as a crane unloaded it.
A resident of Santa Fe, Joyce received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2003 and was commissioned in 2012 to forge a 100-foot-long quote by Virgil for the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in New York.