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With more than 100 commissioned public sculptures in American cities, the artist Richard Hunt has altered the nation's landscape, embodying classical ideals through his abstract works or interpreting historical traditions and genres. Some of his themes reflect his African-American roots-"Jacob's Ladder" (Chicago) or "I Have Been to the Mountain" (Memphis)-while others mirror universal human experiences and concepts or focus on pure form in space.
The volume of Hunt's work across a prolific, 40-year-long career has shaped cityscapes and inhabited museum spaces, sculpture gardens, parks and college campuses. Most of his works are metal, and many are monumental in scale.