Albert Paley: The Path to Syncline

In progress now at Paley Studios is Albert Paley’s Syncline, a public art sculpture for Breckenridge. When completed, the sculpture will be 24’ in height, 18’ in width and 9’ in depth.

“The emphasis of this sculpture is the focus on the identity of the mountain topography, skiing and winter sports.  The sculptures gestural concave and convex forms refer to the mountain and valley contours. The gestural angle of the sculpture makes reference to the mountains various inclines and slopes.  The silhouettes of these forms are basically curved and “S” shaped arabesques – visually one of the most dramatic visual elements reflecting balance and counter balance of skiing. These contours refer to the lines of force and the trails left by the skier.  This lyric pattern emphasizes the play of line on the snow covered mountain slopes. Thus the sculptures curvilinear interlacing emphasizes contour and incline. Besides the skiers physical imprint in the snow these lines also reflect the psychological and experiential reality of those involved. 
Between the two major concave and convex forms there is a series of tumbling or cascading folded metal forms. These are to suggest the experience of skiing – a fluid act of passage or time sequence.  Anticipation, experience and memory are implied within this visual dialogue.”   —Albert Paley

Photo: Artist rending of “Syncline”