William Pye Water Scupture


On loan to Surrey University, Guildford, England

Stainless steel, Height 112 inches, width 56 inches

On my first trip to Italy in 1959, one of the first sculptures that captured my imagination was the Narcissus by Cellini in the Bargello Museum in Florence. The title of the sculpture introduced me to the story of Narcissus which enchanted me. Many years later, the abstract forms of the reflective stainless steel sculpture I was working on reminded me of that work in the Bargello in a number of ways: reflection is rooted in the Narcissus myth as it is in my sculpture where mirror-polished stainless steel reflects all that is around it, and where forms are repeated as if reflecting each other.