The Letting Go

Sarah Sze (American, born in 1969)


Site specific installation.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mixed media. Site specific installation.

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art


Mixed media

Sze is internationally acclaimed for her extraordinary, site-specific sculptures constructed from materials that are both familiar and surprising. She is the second artist to participate in the RSVPmfa series, in which the Museum invites artists to respond to and work among its collections, architecture, and landscape in order to acknowledge that art today often extends beyond traditional gallery walls.

Delicate gestures and an explosion of natural and artificial details carry the viewer through the work, teasing or commanding undivided attention before sweeping into mid-air in one direction and to the floor in another. Unexpected, jittery movement-the result of actual moving parts-is found in details throughout the piece.


The artist; with Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; gift to MFA, Boston, September 17, 2003

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burke, Katherine R. Kirk and Malcolm L. Gefter, the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund, Rachel and David Fine and The Fine Family Foundation, Audrey and Jim Foster, the Linde Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hale, an anonymous donor, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Thorne and Marlene and David Persky


Reproduced with permission.