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Steel and polymer
2011, Terrence Karpowicz

Like an Olympic splinter exploding across the finish line, Terrance Karpowicz’s celebratory “Finish” embodies humanity’s capacity to strive for and achieve goals. If you disassembled the sections of rolled steel pipe they could be recombined into a circle.

Artist Statement

“‘Finish’ was created during the Olympics and Oscars. The figure describes the energy and effort needed to initiate action and advance toward achievement. This determination, transformed from rolled industrial tubing, is anthropomorphized into a form that activates space. ‘Finish’ is an athlete from a growing family of six.”

Terrence Karpowicz first pursued a career as a painter in New York City. He transitioned to sculpture in 1972 after assisting Mark di Suvero with an outdoor sculpture installation. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts awards, grants from the Illinois Arts Council and numerous public and private commissions. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Russia and held in collections by the City of Chicago and University of Illinois.