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Charles Simonds, Dwellings, 1981. Part one of a three-part sculpture. Clay, sand, sticks, stones, wood, plaster, cloth, wood, and chicken wire, 17 3/4 × 39 1/2 × 29 in. (45.1 × 100.3 × 73.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  81.11a-c  On view in the museum  On view in the museum
© 2009 Charles Simonds / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Charles Simonds created these Dwellings as a permanent installation for the Whitney in 1981. One of the Dwellings is in the Museum’s stairwell landing near the second floor. Groups of small buildings sit on top of bumpy, red clay hills. A window just below this installation looks out on two more Dwellings. One is placed on a second-story windowsill of a building across the street. The other is on a rooftop chimney of the same building.
Here is a diagram and two images of the Dwellings across the street from the Whitney.
Partial diagram of Dwellings, 1981.

Partial diagram of Dwellings, 1981.


Charles Simonds, Dwellings, 1981. Part two of a three-part sculpture. Clay, sand, sticks, stones, wood, plaster, cloth, wood, and chicken wire, 10 3/8 × 29 3/8 × 7 3/4 in. (26.4 × 71.6 × 19.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  81.11a-c© 2009 Charles Simonds/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Charles Simonds, Dwellings, 1981. Part two of a three-part sculpture. Clay, sand, sticks, stones, wood, plaster, cloth, wood, and chicken wire, 10 3/8 × 29 3/8 × 7 3/4 in. (26.4 × 71.6 × 19.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  81.11a-c

© 2009 Charles Simonds/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Charles Simonds, Dwellings, 1981. Part three of a three-part sculpture. Clay, sand, sticks, stones, wood, plaster, cloth, wood, and chicken wire, 8 × 29 × 13 3/4 in. (20.3 × 73.7 × 34.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  81.11a-c© 2009 Charles Simonds/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Charles Simonds, Dwellings, 1981. Part three of a three-part sculpture. Clay, sand, sticks, stones, wood, plaster, cloth, wood, and chicken wire, 8 × 29 × 13 3/4 in. (20.3 × 73.7 × 34.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  81.11a-c

© 2009 Charles Simonds/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Simonds has made many of his Dwellings outdoors, “wherever the architecture of the city seems to offer them a home—in gutters, on window ledges, in niches in walls, under loading platforms, in vacant lots.”