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Tom Otterness
Born 1952 in Wichita, Kansas
Lives and works in New York, NY
Crying Giant, 2002

bronze
132 inches x 78 inches
Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from the Kearney Wornall Foundation and the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
2002.24a–b

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Otterness is internationally known for his public sculptures of whimsical, cartoonlike figures that enact narratives related to culture and history. Like Auguste Rodin's The Thinker, the figure in Crying Giant sits with his head in his hands. This monumental bronze, on the southwest corner of the Kemper Museum's lawn, measures 11 feet high and more that 14 feet deep, and weighs more than 5,700 pounds.