Girl Standing in Nature

George Segal. _Girl Standing in Nature_
Photo by William J. Hebert.

George Segal began his career as a painter and teacher, then began to use plaster-infused bandage strips (the type doctors use to make casts for broken bones) to make sculptures of his family and friends. Although historically making molds from life was discouraged, Segal’s methods and aesthetic revolutionized the history of sculpture. Best known for images that capture one moment in time and depict ordinary people in everyday situations, Segal is an integral part of the Pop Art movement. In the mid-1970s, he found a way to transfer his plaster images into bronze in order to be placed outdoors, but usually patinated or painted the surface to replicate the original plaster. Girl Standing in Nature was his first work made specifically for outdoor placement.   

George Segal. Girl Standing in Nature, 1976. Bronze with white patina, 67 x 22 x 12 inches. Gift of The Segal Foundation in honor of Fred Meijer.