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Big A

Catagory: Public Art

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Big A by Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) is located at Mariposa and Fulton

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Approximately ten feet in height, “Big A” is an abstract sculpture consisting of a collection of highly polished bronze half spheres resting on an aluminum frame. Upon installation of the piece on August 19, 1965, Peter Voulkos told the Fresno Bee, “It just means itself. It doesn’t represent anything but the culmination of ideas I had when I made it.”

Peter Voulkos was born in Bozeman Montana in 1924, and lived in the Bay Area. He received degrees from Montana State and the California College of  the Arts. Originally a painter, Voulkos later turned to sculpture, and is best known for his ceramics.

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In the early late 1950’s he was selected to establish the ceramics program at UC Berkeley, where he taught from 1959 to 1985. Prior to his selection by the Mall Art Committee, Voulkos had one man shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Pasadena Art Museum, Gump’s in San Francisco, the Landau Gallery in Los Angeles and at Fresno State.

Voulkos’ work is represented in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Voulkos is remembered as an innovator adn teacher who inspired generations of artists.

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