Dallas Museum of Art Bulletin, Summer 1984 Page: 15
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(lics O)ldchiurg sllgllg the rCope which h l I xniill iCed
According to Oldenburg and Donald Lippincott, Stake
Hitch is the most complex work on which the two have
collaborated, since every production stage required an
innovative solution. The sculptures subject necessitated
using materials which suggested apparent strength but
which were light relative to the scale. The crimson stake,
for example, is intended to resemble steel but is fab-
ricated of painted aluminum with a steel-reinforced, hol-
low core. What appears to be a remarkable extension of
rope consists in reality of three strands of flexible, 8"
industrial ducting, woven together with 2" foam rubber
rods glued to an outer surface which has been sprayed
with fiberglass to create a fibrous effect. Because of its
size and weight, the knot, itself, required a crew of ten
men to tie it. Afterwards, a urethane foam that expands
before solidifying was injected in both the rope and the
knot at two-foot intervals to provide a taut, inner strength.
To complete the illustion of hemp, Oldenburg then hand
painted the rope, using several colors to achieve a
Scalfolding \an c erected in the barrel Vault in order to
lower the stake head through the knot and to attach the
rope to both the knot and the ceiling.
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