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Alpha-Omega: Water Tower #5
  • Richard Mawdsley
    born 1945
    born: Winfield, Kansas, United States
  • Alpha-Omega: Water Tower #5, 1995–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • sterling silver, gold and rhodium plating, pearls, mahogany
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 56.5 x 33 x 28.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 1/4 x 13 x 11 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • On view: Simons Gallery, 316, W3
  • 2000.0120
Label Text

Stamped with RM, SNAG and STERLING on plaque, three baptismal fonts. Three footed silver sculpture on wooden base. It consists of a standing silver cup with applied details from religious rituals, medieval buildings and American water towers like Christian crosses, faucets, roof tiles, pipes, light bulbs. None of the parts move, however the top can be lifted off.