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"Intersection." Kricke Sculpture, The Original Main Entry Piece When LACMA Opened in 1965
Entitled “Intersection." This photograph of the original sculpture and main fountain installed when LACMA opened in 1965 is truly one -of-a-kind. This is Norbert Kricke’s “Space Sculpture" at LACMA circa 1966. The photographer has renamed the piece “Intersection” to distinguish this sculpture from many other pieces that Kricke created and named “Space Sculpture.” It is viewed as depicting an intersection of seen and unseen forces, haphazard, yet grouped, like light waves, radio waves, atomic particles, gravity, sound waves and winds crisscrossing but moving through all the other forces present without much difficulty. Chaos, but not chaos.
A good friend of mine who was attending Otis Art Institute in LA in 1966 and I went on a 12 hour candid photography adventure through the MacArthur Park neighborhood and ending up at La Cienega Park, west of LACMA.
It was as one of those classic, clear-sky, 70-degree days in LA. The city was vibrating with weekend warriors skateboarding, skating, jogging, cycling, and filling up the parks with laughter and sports. Samoans slamming some volleyball and some older folks taking on a team of soccer ball youngsters. The rules for one soccer game going on there included "you have to talk in Italian."
Just after dusk and still early evening, we hung out at the entrance fountain to LACMA and I shot several black and white 35 mm film fish eye photographs. At night, with the lights emphazing the movement of the metal and the metal reflecting the movement of the water, the scene made a statement about the intersection and interaction of forces that was breath-taking. I have never viewed that piece in daylight, so I can't say that it would have had the same effect in a different light. I recently discovered my old files that contained this print, which I scanned. I still have the original 35 mm negatives, stored undamaged in plastic protective sleeves.
I found information about the sculpture's history mostly told in an April 2015 article by Christopher Knight, the Arts Critic at the LA times. I learned it had been replaced, and then later sold to the private Daimler Art Collection in 1989. It is displayed outside on the campus of Daimler's factory near Stuttgart. The daytime, more or less clinical photograph of it posted at Daimler's Art Collection website does not convey the kind of power that it revealed to my friend and I that night in 1966.