Red Building in Forest, Hale County, Alabama
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© William Christenberry
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

William Christenberry
American, Hale County, Alabama 1984 - 1985
Balsa and basswood, plywood, tempera, paper, and red soil
12 3/4 x 23 x 21 in.

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Working from images and from memory, William Christenberry modeled this sculpture on the red building featured in a photograph. He referred to this piece as a "building construction" because he relied on imagination rather than measurements to make it. Though this work was not intended as a precise, scaled-down replica, Christenberry hoped to evoke the feeling of the original building and its environs; his inclusion of red soil from Alabama heightens this effect.