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Object Lesson: “Shall We Dance?” Sculpture

“Shall We Dance?” 3-D sculpture was inspired by motion.

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Libby Platus designed the 600-pound sculpture. Photo by Carolyn Cruz.

Object Lesson: “Shall We Dance?” Sculpture

“Shall We Dance?” 3-D sculpture was inspired by motion.

In 1978, Richard Gonzalez, co-founder of the American Heritage Education Foundation, donated the 3-D sculpture “Shall We Dance?” to TCU. With the artwork, Gonzalez wanted to honor his late wife, Loraine O’Gorman Gonzalez ’36.
The 600-pound, almost 270-square-foot structure adorns a wall in the Annie Richardson Bass Building’s living room. The piece was created as part of the National Invitational Fiberwork competition hosted at TCU in 1977. Judges selected Los Angeles artist Libby Platus from among 47 competitors to build the massive sculpture. Made of interwoven twine, the piece’s abstract design consists of layered wave-like forms. Platus said her inspiration came from a love of dancing and that she wanted to make artwork in which fluid motion could be part of both the creative process and the final state.  – Nick Ferrandino

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