Theodore Roszak (American, 1907-1981)
painted wood, steel, iron, and Plexiglas, Overall - h:271.80 w:40.60 d:40.60 cm (h:107 w:15 15/16 d:15 15/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2005.144
An artist who once worked in the aeronautics industry, Roszak emerged during the 1930s as one of America's premier modernist sculptors. In an era when most sculpture was made by traditional methods such as carving or casting, he instead employed industrial techniques to create his inventive works. His studio was more akin to a machine shop, complete with drill presses, lathes, and dies.
White and Steel Polars illustrate the goal of integrating art and technology that several artists began to share between World Wars I and II. By virtue of its industrial materials and techniques, streamlined design, and impressive scale, the sculpture stands as an exuberant monument to America's machine age.