From Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center Acquisition Announcement:
The sculpture consists of two nine-foot tall towers made of cast glass. Contrary to the common associations of blown glass with transparency and lightness, Dasein is physically dense and has a textured surface comparable to that of rough stone blocks.
The title itself, Dasein, is a reference to German philosophy and generally translates to mean being, not as an object but rather as an awareness of oneself, or the being which can contemplate itself.
“Steven Durow’s Dasein will be a tremendous addition to the FAC’s permanent collection as it enhances the currently small holding of abstract contemporary sculpture which includes work by Bill Burgess and the new acquisition of Isamu Noguchi’s Mountains Forming,” said FAC Curator of Contemporary Art, Joy Armstrong.
Dasein also contributes to our Permanent Collection's glass work. This new acquisition expands challenges aesthetics and forms traditionally associated with glass.
"Dasein provides a dramatic counterpoint to Chihuly’s delicate blown glass pieces by offering patrons an impressive sculptural glass form that conveys notions not traditionally associated with the material.”
Dasein is part of the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.