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Rock Carvings: Passage of the Seasons

Rock Carvings: Passage of the Seasons

(American, 1904–1988)
Overall: 286.9 cm (112 15/16 in.)
© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: NL North Lawn

Did You Know?

This three-part stone sculpture was commissioned for the Cleveland Museum of Art's north lawn in 1981.


Noguchi's use of interesting stones with a minimum of carved manipulation derives in part from Eastern traditions of reverence for the mystic qualities and natural aesthetics of rocks. It also draws from modern art movements in the artist's incorporation of pre-existing and serendipitous formal qualities of the material itself.
  • 1981
    The Mildred Andrews Fund, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • CMA 1982: "Year in Review 1981" cat. no. 48
  • {{cite web|title=Rock Carvings: Passage of the Seasons|url=false|author=Isamu Noguchi|year=1981|access-date=16 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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