Art at the Columbia Public Library


by Don Bartlett, 1984

This bronze sculpture, measuring 28 inches wide by 19 inches tall by nine inches deep, reflects the late Don Bartlett’s interest in the human figure as form. A professor of art at the University of Missouri for 26 years, Bartlett said of himself and his work, “Essentially, I am a figurative sculptor, concerned with the human form and the human condition. I do not exclude, however, that which is scientific or technologically formed from my conception of what is human.” “Q” explores the interplay of figures and the space they create as they interact; the figures are standing in line, but the sculpture also suggests the relationships of the subjects via the groups they naturally form. “Don was interested in patterns of volume and shape accidentally produced by spontaneous groupings, such as people standing in a line at a post office, at a bus stop or perhaps at a library check-out desk,” explains his wife, Bertrice Bartlett. “Q” is located in the Virginia G. Young Room.

The Bartlett family donated the work to the library in 2003.

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