Kenyon College

Giant Sequoia, Stagg


James Balog
(American, b. 1952)

Giant Sequoia, Stagg, 2001.
Chromogenic print on Crystal Archive.
93 x 35.75 inches.
Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63, 2015.2.2.

On Public View: Kenyon College, Higley Hall, North Lobby

At nearly 8 feet in height, Giant Sequoia, Stagg effectively captures the overwhelming and awesome qualities of its subject. A fitting adornment for the lobby of Higley Hall, the home of Kenyon’s Biology Department, the piece creates an enchanting image of a redwood, the world’s largest tree species. By compiling many separate images, Balog was able to capture the first photographic image of this 242-foot tall specimen, one so tall that it was impossible to show in full using conventional methods. This piece, and the rest of Balog’s nature photographs are intended to serve as lasting portraits of the swiftly disappearing natural world.

Phoebe Pohl `18