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Smith made a series of three Wagon sculptures while living in a farmhouse in upstate New York. Surrounded by fields and forests, he began to create forms that reflected his rural surroundings. Discussing the incorporation of wheels into some of his large-scale sculptures, he wryly commented: 'my sculpture is getting too big to move without built-in rolling'. He was also interested in the symbolism of the wheel, which for him evoked the sun, Indian temple architecture, and man's first technological achievements.

August 2004