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Oct 20, 2014 10:37 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Sculpture Crops Up On Sagaponack Farm Field

Oct 20, 2014 10:37 AM

No, it’s not an irrigation gizmo—and, no, it’s not an astrolabe.

The large yellow ball held aloft by a bowing red ladder on a Sagaponack farm field is Robert Mojeski’s “Tipping Point XIX.” The kinetic sculpture went up—up is an operative word, as the piece is 19 feet tall—the Friday before last, around the time that potatoes were being dug.

With its curves and bold colors, the piece is pretty hard to miss from Montauk Highway just west of Town Line Road.

“Obviously, it’s a prime location, just very visible,” said Mr. Mojeski, a Southampton native who lives in Sag Harbor. “It’s made to be seen. I need people to see it and appreciate it ... and enjoy it.”

A former commercial fisherman and continuing fan of Alexander Calder, Mr. Mojeski said he’s been sculpting pretty much all his life. His works have been shown in New England galleries, at Guild Hall in East Hampton and, presently, at the Hooke Sculpture Gallery in Sag Harbor. He also does commissions.

“Basically, I became fascinated with motion,” he said of the evolution of his pieces. “This last one is a buildup, if you will, of my fascination.”

“Tipping Point XIX” weighs almost a ton and is what the artist called “the meta” of his larger works. Even so, he said, “she’s very elegantly framed.”

“I like sculpture that has almost like a transparency, that’s not solid,” he said. “I like to be able to see through it, so when a client enjoys the piece it doesn’t totally disrupt the setting. You like to be able to see past the piece and not interrupt the surroundings.”

The sculpture in Sagaponack is made of fiberglass, aluminum, steel and lead for counterbalance. The “tipping point” is where a metal shaft connecting the two balls meets a gyroscopic joint that allows them to oscillate in the breeze. “It doesn’t matter which direction the wind comes through,” Mr. Mojeski said. “It will dance.”

The piece took about five months to make. Larger works like this present a logistical problem in terms of finding a space, but Ken Schwenk loved it, so there it sits on the field outside his house.

“It’s a scarecrow,” Mr. Schwenk pointed out. “There’s no birds on it, right?”

The property owner has already seen people pull to the side of the road for a better view of Mr. Mojeski’s work, which has the title and artist’s website, www.robertmojo.com, on a plaque at its base.

Viewed from Town Line Road, the sculpture, with its red and yellow elements, can look like the sun coming up in the west, according to Mr. Schwenk. “It’s quite interesting,” he added.

“I really like it, and part of me is going to be sad to see it go,” he said, referring to the possible future sale or relocation of the work. “It’s a beautiful thing,”

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NOT a fan AT ALL of the Lichtensteins at the entrance of the museum .. so out of place and forced . forced on us.
hope they aren't permanent... hope that long term loan get called in!
i don't agree with Parrish: “This awe-inspiring work promises to become a cultural landmark and a beacon, drawing visitors to the Parrish.”
.. i think its certainly NOT awe-inspiring .. think its cliché, dated the day it was made
By david h (405), southampton on Oct 20, 14 3:54 PM
Not as bad as that goof ball think in front of the airport in West Hampton that makes me want to take a different route so I do not have to look at it.
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 20, 14 8:35 PM
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agree profusely. like many people.

Im going to completely miss out on the frenzy for Don Baechler's work .. he paints old images from black & white phone books .. some people sure make life look easy
By david h (405), southampton on Oct 21, 14 8:14 AM
That’s “Olive Oil” knocked up...
By alhavel (50), Hampton Bays on Oct 25, 14 11:04 AM
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But will it keep the deer away?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 20, 14 4:16 PM
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It caught my eye immediately........I think it is fantastic.
By EQmom (18), East Quogue on Oct 20, 14 6:45 PM
It is art and engineering all in one. Just beautiful!
By srk (15), southampton on Oct 21, 14 9:12 AM
As I drive to my job every morning as the sun is rising over the farm field the beauty of nature is take away by this ugly piece of VISUAL POLLUTION!!! Wondering if they need a permit to put that up like the rest of us???
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Oct 21, 14 11:03 AM
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Amazing the lengths that some will go to for attention. What gives this individual the right to determine what people like or not. This piece is for a museum where it belongs, not forcing it down our throats. Get rid of it. What arrogance.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Oct 21, 14 1:21 PM
It's private property - this is America. Nothing is "forced down your throat".
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Oct 21, 14 1:51 PM
Then why didn't he put it in a museum? So, a ferrari doesn't get much attention any more, nor does a Maserati or cobra or Bentley or 14 0000 square foot house. So what's left? This monstrosity. Another form of hampton's "look at me"
A blight on that beautiful landscape.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Oct 21, 14 3:04 PM
The beauty of art is how it effects us all differently. And it is all around us on the East End! The property owner has a right to display whatever art he chooses, and we all have the right to our opinions. But confining art to museums only? What a drastic impact that would have on our community - Nova's Ark would have some serious moving and landscaping to do, and I guess Linda Scott will need a crane to get rid of her 'Stargazer' on CR 111 since we should all really have to pay to see it in a ...more
By srk (15), southampton on Oct 22, 14 8:32 AM
Very much an early 1970s shopping mall look. If you like that sort of thing, I suppose you'll be pleased by it. Maybe a giant powder blue leisure suit could go next to it. And a sculpture of muttonchop sideburns, aviator eyeglasses and a retro Fu Manchu mustache.
By btdt (449), water mill on Oct 22, 14 2:42 PM
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