Gray Column

A photograph of a visitor looking at De Wain Valentine's sculpture, Gray Column

A photograph of a visitor looking up at De Wain Valentine’s monumental sculpture, Gray Column, installed at the Getty. The sculpture, which is placed on a broad white plinth in the center of a room with white walls, high ceilings, and light wood floors, is a long thin column made of polyester resin about 12 feet tall that is thicker at the bottom and tapers toward the top. Because the column is made of resin, it is an opaque inky black at the base, but fades to a lighter smoky gray at the top where the material becomes more transparent. The surface of the sculpture is perfectly flat and highly reflective, revealing the mirror image of the woman who stands in front of it, off to the right.

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