Ralph Stackpole | fresco | 10 feet by 36 feet
Sculptor Ralph Stackpole painted this synthesis of industrial activities in California to
counterbalance the agricultural panel by Maxine Albro. Noted usually for his three-dimensional
works, he here creates large modeled shapes in the industrial pipes, barrels, storage tanks, and
machinery characterized by the convoluted plastic forms reminiscent of Rivera's murals, especially
In contrast to the rounded bulges of the large background mechanisms, the human figures have a
flat, two-dimensional pencil-sketch quality as the chemists go about their work. In keeping with
the brown-grey tones of the subject matter, the artist chose a rather subdued palette.