Composed of geometric elements that have been welded together in abstract configurations, Fletcher Benton’s sculptures explore tensions between space and volume, balance and precariousness, and simplicity and complexity. Truckin’ Jumbo Geo is from a series that also evokes mechanized transportation, reflecting the artist’s fascination with bicycles, racecars, trucks, and locomotives.
In 2008 Benton received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey. Previous recipients have included Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Caro, Christo and Jeanne Claude, George Rickey, Mark di Suvero, and other illustrious sculptors working since the mid-twentieth century.
Truckin’ Jumbo Geo was installed on the back lawn of the Frist Art Museum.