Fletcher Benton: Tilted Donut Wedge with Two Balls, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

Fletcher Benton (* 1931)
Tilted Donut Wedge with Two Balls, 2004


In 2010 the San Francisco based artist Fletcher Benton gave this impressive large sculpture to the city of Berlin. It was displayed in Kreuzberg’s Bessel Park, in the immediate vicinity of the Berlinische Galerie. Nearby are also many works by George Rickey (1907 – 2002), who came to Berlin on the invitation of the DAAD (German academic exchange office). Benton visited Rickey here, and was inspired by his moving sculptures to work with movement himself. Since then, the relationship between the artist and the city has been a close one.
Benton does not in fact make moving sculptures anymore. But the balanced combination of basic geometric forms such as the circle, sphere, square, and cylinder still creates the impression of lightness and movement, despite the weight of the massive, rusty components. 

Tilted Donut Wedge with Two Balls
Corten steel
Gift of the artist to the city of Berlin 2010