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Finally Getting Wings for the Forty-First Floor

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Finally Getting Wings for the Forty-First Floor

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Lonnie Holley
American, born 1950




Metal, plastic, and cloth

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32 x 31 x 16 1/2 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 405


This sculpture was inspired by the art collection of Lenore and Burton Gold, much of which now resides at the High Museum. In the early 1990s, the Golds invited Lonnie Holley and other artists to experience art in their high-rise apartment.

Years after his visit, Holley created this memorial to Lenore Gold. He recalls: “I got off the elevator at the fortieth floor and saw beautiful art … about things that she had understood, of the days of her ancestors, and their battle with the Holocaust. When I learned she had died, I thought I would like to give her wings to get above the fortieth floor.”


Gift of William Arnett in memory of Lenore Gold

Image Copyright

(c) Lonnie Holley/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York