Resembling paper origami, Lillooet, 2007–08, is made up of dark blue folded, bent, and creased plates of metal supported by two red cedar posts. In this work, Murray returns to the geometric shapes of his early work, yet his masterful manipulation of metal recalls his more lyrical pieces of the 1970s and 1980s. To create his large-scale sculptures, Murray begins by making models, such as the one on the right. The final large-scale work emerges during the process of production at the metal fabricating plant as Murray watches and responds to the form in the moment. “In my experience, the models don’t just scale up without needing some adjustment,” he explains. “Your point of view is changing as the piece gets bigger, and your understanding of the piece may change as well.”
LEFT: Robert Murray, Lillooet, 2007–08
Painted aluminum and dyed cedar, 335.28 cm, private collection, Snug Harbour, Ontario. Photo credit: Robert Murray.
RIGHT: Robert Murray, Lillooet, 2015
Painted steel, 29.84 x 26.67 x 16.51 cm, Collection of the artist. Photo credit: Robert Murray.