George Segal began his career as a painter and teacher, then started using plaster-infused bandage strips—the type used to make casts for broken bones—to make sculptures of 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, he is an integral part of the Pop Art movement. In the mid-1970s, he found a way to transfer his plaster images into bronze to be placed outdoors, yet usually patinated or painted the surface to replicate the original plaster. Girl Standing in Nature is the artist’s 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 George and Helen Segal Foundation, Inc. in honor of Frederik G.H. Meijer. Girl Standing in Nature, 1976 © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Artist Rights Society (ARS).