The bright yellow sculpture, Hillary, 1983, was inspired by the asymmetry of topography, the curves of rivers and mountain ranges, the undulations of fields and hills, and the gestures of the land that Murray has witnessed while flying his own plane. A flying enthusiast since childhood, the sculptor served in the Royal Canadian Air Force reserves in high school and obtained his pilot’s license in his early thirties. Hillary exemplifies not only Murray’s increasing mastery of fabrication, but also his ongoing investigation of landscape as an inspiration for abstract sculpture. It consists of an undulating plate of metal lightly touching the ground at one corner, while two vertical bases provide additional support.
Mastery in Metal
Robert Murray, Hillary, 1983
Painted aluminum, 167.6 x 467.4 x 650.2 cm, Collection of Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Photo credit: Robert Murray.