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Lord Dragonfly Chair

2001
35 x 82 x 24 in. (88.9 x 208.3 x 61 cm)

William Heyen
American Co-creator
Wendell Castle
American (Emporia, KS, 1932 - 2018, Scottsville, NY) Co-creator
Wendell Castle and William Heyen
American

Object Type: Furniture
Medium and Support: Cherry and polychromed jetulong
Credit Line: Gift of Marion J. Hawks in honor of Grant Holcomb, the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director, and the Bachman Fund
Accession Number: 2001.6
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Location: Not currently on view

The Memorial Art Gallery commissioned Lord Dragonfly Chair as a bench for public use. It represents the collaboration of two of Rochester’s luminaries, furniture artist Wendell Castle and poet William Heyen (born 1940). Routed into the back and seat are poems from Heyen’s 1981 book Lord Dragonfly: Five Sequences. Heyen made an initial selection of possible poems, from which Castle chose six. To disguise his handwriting, Castle used his left hand to rout these brief untitled poems into the wood.

[Gallery label text, 2008]

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