Situating figures in “assembled environments” became a hallmark of George Segal’s career in sculpture. Segal would cast friends and family—often his wife Helen—in plaster and pose the results alongside objects such as cars, beds, or a pinball machine to create scenes of daily life. The Billboard is an example of Segal’s “work pieces” that investigates everyday jobs. The plastered figure, contrasting with the scaffold, metal sign, and paintbrush, appears simultaneously realistic and separated from reality.
Title: The Billboard
Medium: plaster, wood, metal, and rope
Dimensions: 192 x 132 x 32 inches
Accession Number: P67.3.3
Location: Corning Tower Plaza Level
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