Description: Woman with Curlers

Imagine being an artist and looking at a steel girder and thinking about what kind of sculpture you could make with it. This was artist Al Wilson’s routine challenge to himself, as he typically restricted his materials to steel I-beams. 

Woman with Curlers uses all surfaces of the I-beam in a way reminiscent of Picasso, creating a profile of a face from one flange, or outside of the I-beam, flowing hair and breasts from the web, or inner portion of the I-beam, and a hand from the other flange.  Perhaps to add additional dynamism to an already energetic design, Wilson cut the I-beam on the diagonal, drawing the viewer’s attention in an organic way initially to the face, then the hair, and finally, the hand.  

  • Artist: Albert Leon Wilson, American, 1920 - 1993
  • Created: 1974
  • Credit Line: Gift of the artist, with deep appreciation to the people of Rochester, 75.24