Art: Sculpture by Order

"You specify it; we fabricate it," boasted the Industrial Welding Co. on a sign flanking Newark's Ferry Street. Industrial had in mind smokestacks, chemical tanks and it gave an idea to Sculptor Tony Smith, who passed the sign whenever he drove from his home in South Orange, N.J., to Manhattan. So, one day eight years ago, he picked up the phone and ordered a sculpture.

A sculpture? Well, nothing that Michelangelo would recognize as such. But Smith's sculptures lend themselves to both welding and telephoning. Smith's instructions were: "Build me a six-foot cube of quarter-inch hot-rolled steel, with diagonal internal cross bracing."...

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