Foundation of the World (A Dream of My Mother)

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    Photo: Ron Lee/The Silver Factory
1994
Welded steel rods, tin, rope, carpet, rope fiber wood, burlap, enamel, spray paint, industrial sealing compound

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Dial's monumental chair honors "a man's ideas—ideas is what give the world its foundation," and he equates the conception and subsequent execution of an idea with a mother giving birth.

Dial's monumental chair honors "a man's ideas—ideas is what give the world its foundation," and he equates the conception and subsequent execution of an idea with a mother giving birth. The mother image is poignantly represented as a disheveled figure with a braided halo, hovering over the sculpture like a guardian angel. Dial's depiction of his mother as an empty chair is autobiographical—his unwed teenaged mother was forced to give him away when he was a small child. —Robert Hobbs