Isamu Noguchi, Thanatos, 1958. Galvanized steel sculpture.


Hot-dipped galvanized steel
Thanatos was originally made of Cor-ten steel. My dissatisfaction with this medium then led me to hot-dip galvanize it. This was done some time after my move to Long Island City in 1961. The Nelson Galvanizing Company was around the corner from my studio, and this is probably what led to my interest in that technology.
Original Noguchi Collection
Quotations by Isamu Noguchi from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987), unless otherwise noted.