location: NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
dimensions: 18' × 18' × 150'
materials: Earthcasting (reinforced concrete with iron oxide cast in molds dug from the earth)
Gyre (1999) is a sculpture by American artist Thomas Sayre. Part of the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gyre soars 18 feet into the sky alongside a greenway trail within the museum’s 164-acre Museum Park. Cast horizontally on site in the earth itself, and then lifted by crane and set on its footing, the three monumental rings in this piece represent the artist’s lifelong study of the interplay between man and nature. Gyre derives its name from a poem by W.B. Yeats, who conceived of history as the complex movement of a spiral.