For Students
Mark di Suvero, Shang Mark di Suvero, Orion Beverly Pepper, Ternary Marker Lucas Samaras, Stiff Box No. 12 Erwin Binder, Requiem Michele Oka Doner, Angry Neptune, Salacia, and Strider Charles Ginnever, Daedalus

Outdoor Sculpture: Erwin Binder

Erwin Binder
United States, 1934–1993
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick, 2004/2.107

5. Erwin Binder

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Erwin Binder learned to cast metal and work with stone as an employee at his family's jewelry business. Wanting to develop these skills further, he enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and subsequently produced numerous public sculptures throughout Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. Requiem was commissioned by Bob Hope and the Mayor of Burbank on behalf of a collection of “Proud Patriots” who wanted to erect a tribute to “Defenders of the Constitution, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Reminiscent of the later work of Henry Moore or Jacques Lipchitz, Requiem is typical of Binder's lyrical, abstract style, which always maintained vestiges of figuration. Here, his sinuous, bulbous bronze shapes recall an eternal flame that is meant to memorialize fallen heroes. The title of the piece reveals the artist's interest in addressing broad, humanistic themes. With its wing-like grace and beauty suggesting freedom of flight, Requiem serves as a token of remembrance and commemoration to members of the armed forces and the American people.