Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi was a twentieth century artist who is known for both his sculpture and design work. Using a variety of media, Noguchi incorporated steel, marble, iron, wood, bronze, and stone into his sculptures while he also created large-scale public works, gardens, furniture, lighting designs, ceramics, and architecture.


The sculpture Sentry dates from 1958, which was a period in Noguchi’s career when he received a number of prestigious public commissions such as the UNESCO Garden and Headquarters in Paris.

Standing over six feet tall, Sentry is a monument of modernist architecture and midcentury design. Noguchi demonstrates the elegant geometry and simplicity of form embraced by contemporaries such as Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei. Composed of anodized aluminum, Sentry reflects the light and colors of its surroundings, creating shimmering soft golden hues at some angles, while a metallic silver sheen dominates at others.