Albuquerque by Gale Wagner is a large-scale welded steel sculpture featuring an abstract tubular grid contrasting with a circular form. Painted in red oxide, the dynamic abstract sculpture appears to be at play with gravity. Albuquerque is one of the larger outdoor creations by the artist. Created in 1982 as part of Wagner’s Grid series, the sculpture was initially part of a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition held the same year across Palo Alto along with eighteen other works by nationally prominent sculptors including Stephen DeStaebler, Roger Berry, William King, and others. It was acquired by the City in 1983.
Gale Wagner is a versatile artist and ardent tinkerer living a life full of passion for creating artwork in a diverse range of media and scale. As a child, Wagner would spend hours at play building large trucks out of carboard boxes. Later as an emerging artist in Oakland, he discovered his passion for welding steel and creating large scale sculpture. In more recent years, as the artist retired from creating metal sculpture, he became fascinated with twisted rubber band powered planes and is now passionately making delicately-crafted airplanes with skins of dyed tissue paper and silk which he calls “flying temples.” Gale Wagner lives and works in Oakland, CA. His large-scale sculptures can be found throughout the Bay Area and beyond including Oakland, Lafayette, Santa Clara, and Sacramento.
“My outdoor sculpture is always at play with gravity. Interplay with and through space develops a vitality in an ongoing dance with balance.” Gale Wagner