Martin Puryear (American, b. 1941)
red cedar and pine
Contemporary Art 
Overall - h:134.60 w:162.50 d:134.60 cm (h:52 15/16 w:63 15/16 d:52 15/16 inches)
Gift of Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro
Organic in form and media, the free-standing sculpture Alien Huddle consists of three inter-connected spheres. Puryear's craftsmanship employs both the media in service of the form and elevates the properties of the media itself. The arrangement of planks enveloping each sphere heightens the volumetric nature of the sculpture. Trained as a furniture maker, Puryear attached the red cedar planks to the pine core without metal fixtures that would obscure the lush, unfinished wood surface.