Dale Eldred builds sculptures which reveal natural phenomena. Light breaks into smaller wave lengths which we see as real radiant color -- red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet. From any one point of view, the colors change continually throughout the day with the earth's rotation and the changing relative position of the sun. "I want the sculpture to remind us all that our lives are inextricably linked to light, and that our universe is in constant motion."
Eldred became known for large installations, often using metal materials and light. One of his local projects was creating the set for "Voyager," a ballet performed by the State Ballet of Missouri. His sculpture of large black slabs of wood leaning at different angles is placed near the entrance of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Dale Eldred died at age 59 when he fell through the floor of his West Bottoms studio, trying to save his tools. He was a victim of the "500-year" flood in the summer of 1993, when the Missouri River inundated parts of Kansas City.
Eldred chaired the Sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute for 33 years and a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the Ford Foundation, the American Institute of Architects and the National Endowment of the Arts.