Project Description

Fourth of Firth of Forth

By Barry Hehemann — Chicago

The steel-and- cast-concrete piece is constructed to suggest a particular double-cantilevered bridge in Scotland characterized by its massive size and peculiar line. The suspended curved concrete element appears to be drawn and twisted in tension between the supporting structures, representing a self-reflexive crossing between opposite parts. The title involves a series of word plays: “Fourth” refers to the one-fourth of the bridge from which the major forms are generated; a firth is a Scottish term meaning a long narrow inlet of the sea; and the sculpture itself alludes to a crossing, as in going forth to cross water.