Beautiful geometric abstract representational painting of Houston's Rothko Chapel sculpture titled "Broken Obelisk" by David Miller. The sculpture, an inverted obelisk balanced on the point of a pyramid, is made of cor-ten steel, measuring 26 feet six inches in height and weighing three tons. It was designed by artist Barnett Newman between 1963 and 1967 and dedicated at the Rothko Chapel to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1971. Due to the sculpture’s location outdoors and over a reflecting pool, water and humidity cause moisture to build up inside the sculpture and deterioration of the metal over time, as well as corrosion around the edge of the base of the pyramid. In what will be the third time the piece has undergone conservation treatment (first in 1987) and the second time it has been removed for such treatments (2005), the sculpture has been returned to the original fabricator, Lippincott, LLC in North Haven, Connecticut. The Broken Obelisk was dismantled between Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 and will be treated and restored over an estimated period of ten months
H 54 in. x W 54 in. x D 1.5 in.