Jean Dubuffet’s Tour Aux Jambes is loosely translated as “Encirclement of Limbs” or “Tower of Legs” – which describes Dubuffet’s theme of building a monolithic structure from entwined elements. His treatment of “limbs” is common to his anthropomorphic approach to sculpture in which the human contour is unmistakable.
This artwork, made of epoxy and polyurethane, is rather like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, though its lines are only on the surface.
A series of maquettes made in 1973, Tour Aux Jambes was acquired for Town Center Park in 1980. Dubuffet’s style of stark contours spreading into webs of color patches quickly developed into a proliferating discourse in three dimensions.
Tour Aux Jambes is located in Park Tower on Town Center Drive and Bristol Street.