Edward Tufte, New York show catalog: Visual Explanations: Prints and Sculptures
Escaping Flatland is a large stainless steel sculpture, consisting of two units, 12 feet high and covering an area approximately 15 x 30
feet. The total weight (entirely stainless steel) is 8,400 pounds. Each unit consists of four plates, 2.5" thick. Escaping Flatland is one of
a series of sculptures by Edward Tufte, based on ideas in his books on information architecture. Escaping Flatland reacts wonderfully to
changes in time of day, the season, and the surrounding landscape. As a consequence, the work always appears fresh and new and, at the
same time, part of the natural world. The different versions of Escaping Flatland have all been constructed to the highest standards of
metalwork by Tallix at their foundry in Beacon, New York. Installation to be arranged.
"I like outdoor sculpture and the most practical thing for outdoor sculpture is stainless steel, and I make them and I polish them in such a way that on a dull day, they take on the dull blue, or the color of the sky in the late afternoon sun, the glow, golden like the rays, the colors of nature. And in a particular sense, I have used atmosphere in a reflective way on the surfaces. They are colored by the sky and the surroundings, the green or blue of water. Some are down by the water and some are by the mountains. They reflect the colors. They are designed for outdoors."
DAVID SMITH, 1964