Homage to Richard Serra

Of Richard Serra’s massive steel sculptures, I’ve visited  Toqued Ellipses at the DIA in Beacon, NY, The Matter of Time at the fabulous Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain and Five Plates, Two Poles in Washington DC at the National Gallery of Art.

My personal favorites are the immense curved structures in and through which a visitor can walk, thus becoming a part of the installation.

Here is my tiny sculpture (8 x 9 x 8 cm).  (A bit of whimsy – the little people in and around the sculpture – we are always getting mail for the misspelled Copper Family.)

Homage. Kathleen C Cooper. Steel, copper. (2012)

Homage. Steel, copper. Kathleen C Cooper. (2012).

Homage. Steel, copper; 8 cm x 9 cm x 8 cm.  Kathleen C Cooper (2012).



Springtime in an Old House


What started as a trickle

seeping from an unnoticed crack,

when winter snows were warming

and rain-soaked skies were coming,

found a flow-line in my basement,

towards a sump-pump, often fickle,

in a corner towards the back.


A fountain-pool of tinkling droplets

quietly collected as I slept.

Soon spring gathered volume and velocity;

by night, its sources gained variety.

Now in my boots and with my broom,

and frantic tinkering with the float,

I’m sweeping water from a moat.


Newport, RI  

April 17 , 1996 (Revised 4/02/12)