Robert Smithson, American, b. Passaic, New Jersey, 1938–1973
Steel and paint, 73 5/8 x 54 1/8 x 39 1/4 in. (187 x 137.5 x 99.7 cm)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number: 72.270
Jh Purchased From Dwan Gallery, New York 1968
Smithson, "The title Gyrostasis refers to a branch of physics that deals with rotating bodies, and their tendency to maintain their equilibrium. THe work is a standing triangulated spiral. When I made the sculpture I was thinking of mapping procedures tha trefer to the planet earth. One could consider it as a crystallized fragment of a Gyroscopic rotation, or as an abstract three-dimensional map."
Michael Auping, "Beyond the Sublime," in Abstract Expressionism: The Critical Developments, New York and Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art gallery and Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1987, p. 161.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Post-Minimal Sculpture