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Heavy lifting brings sculpture to Art House

This Tom Joyce sculpture was installed in the front yard of Art House on Delgado Road on Monday, Oct. 5. (Courtesy of Art House)

This Tom Joyce sculpture was installed in the front yard of Art House on Delgado Road on Monday, Oct. 5. (Courtesy of Art House)

SANTA FE, 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.

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