7. Jesús Bautista Moroles

Jesús Bautista Moroles, Lapstrake, 1986

Granite, gift of Steve Chase


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Moroles is known for his monumental granite sculptures whose rough textures and elegant forms express man’s interaction with nature.


The artist’s uncle, a master stonemason, taught Moroles how to work with stone at an early age during summers in Mexico. After college he absorbed classical European sculpture traditions while working at a foundry in Italy.


The effects of these influences can be seen in Lapstrake. The term refers to a construction method in which planks overlap, but it might also implicitly refer to the aesthetic styles of Precolumbian civilizations as seen in stepped pyramids, interlocking baskets, and weaving.