Day 125/365 of Steel – John Raymond Henry

John Raymond Henry is an internationally renowned sculptor. Over the past 30 years, Henry has produced many monumental and large-scaled works of art for museums, cities and public institutions across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has created some of the largest contemporary metal sculptures in the United States, and his artwork is designed, engineered, fabricated and erected by his own studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Entrance To The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Fig 1: Entrance To The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
©Anderson, Arpi / Creative Commons (CC-BY-NC)

Henry’s sculptures have been described as huge welded steel drawings. He arranges linear and rectilinear elements that appear to defy gravity and float. Many suggest a moment of arrested motion where flying or tumbling elements are frozen. There is a simple elegance and an unexpected sense of immediacy and lightness in his work. Belying their tonnage and the intrinsic strength of his materials, Henry places these elements as if they hang from the clouds rather than spring from the earth.

Sculpture on the roundabout in Eschborn - Frankfurt
Fig 2: Sculpture on the roundabout in Eschborn – Frankfurt
Author: Johann H. Addicks

Henry was a founding member of ConStruct, other founding members include Mark di Suvero, Kenneth Snelson, Lyman Kipp and Charles Ginnever.

Sculpture "Symphony in Red" by John Henry
Fig 3: Sculpture “Symphony in Red” by John Henry
Author: Axel Hindemith

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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