In the commissioned sculpture Integrated Plane Cogswell attempted to develop a single surface that would absorb and reflect the main surrounding natural elements. The surface divisions that were used as a graphic element and were to become integral to the later sculptures in the Dolmen Series were necessary for the building process and for the structural integrity of the flat upper surface.
Pressure Group, Triple Plane, Two Columns of space, Single Column
These pieces from the early nineteen-seventies were explorations into the ability of specific forms to suggest illusionary surfaces that continue from the sculpture to the surrounding space. They mostly consisted of three units focused on a single central point or of two units with three divisions and with surfaces divided into rectangular graphic forms.
For these individual sculptures Cogswell worked in either local woods, fibreglass and resin, 1/4-inch plate aluminum or 1/4 inch corrosion resistant weathering steel. This Cor-ten type steel is very long lasting as the oxide (rust) which forms on the surface protects the steel from further corrosion and is self-healing in terms of surface damage.
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|Corrosion-resistant weathering stee|
h. 4’, l. 10’, w. 10’
commission: North Vancouver Civic Centre