Beverly Pepper began making wedge and columnar sculptures more than 30 years ago. She feels the form expresses a sense of the ancient and modern. A wedge is a piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and tapered on the other, thrust between things to force them apart or prevent free movement.
Beverly Pepper. Galileo’s Wedge, 2009. Steel, height 420 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Beverly Pepper.