Asteriskos - San Antonio, TX
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N 29° 29.123 W 098° 27.394
14R E 552681 N 3261886
Abstract geometric sculpture of black-painted steel which looks like one of those slide puzzles assembled. Part of the outdoor collection at the McNay Art Museum.
Waymark Code: WMM202
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 07/05/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 7

The Siris webpage (link below) does not provide a description or a photograph, but does reference a 1980 catalogue published by Trinity University Press. "Asteriskos" is a large black-painted steel geometric sculpture consisting of four roughly 6 ft by 4 ft x 2 ft wide boxes interlocked around and halfway up main 4 ft x 2 ft x 16 ft high box. Two of the interlocking boxes are on opposite side and horizonal, while the other two are vertical on opposite sides of the main support.

There is an idenfication plate which reads:
Tony Smith
American, 1912-1980
Asteriskos 1968
Painted steel
Gift of the Catto Foundation in honor of Pettus Hobby

Asteriskos is part of the McNay Art Museum collection. The sculpture is located south of the old main museum and east of the ponds. The grounds are open to the public during DST 7am–7pm and CST 7am–6pm.

Researching for a waymark can be very interesting. In this case, the question is "How could a three ton sculpture go missing, disappearing from the 1968 World Fair's site?" A local DJ on his blog reveals the story of how city workers - not realizing that it was abstract art - cut up the piece to create tool boxes and ice chests for afterwork beer parties at the Zarzmora Public Works Yard. The The Catto family generously had a replica created and donated to the McNay Art Museum.

....Yes, the benefit of the arts is in the eye of the beholder. Researchin

TITLE: Asteriskos

ARTIST(S): Tony Smith

DATE: 1968

MEDIUM: Black-painted steel


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum 6000 North New Braunfels San Antonio, Texas 78209

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