The Figure of Question, 1986

Sculpture, Vitrine: 60 x 12 x 12 cm; tetrahedron: 17 x 50 x 50 cm
Research into the essence of forms of representation is behind the works The Figure of Question, The Soft Cube and Spherical Book. They all present pure forms of polished surfaces, made of white marble from the Greek island of Kavala, which search for perfection. Byars, guided by what he called ‘the first fully interrogative philosophy’, made pieces which explore geometric shapes in search of spirituality, truth and beauty. Together with the use of marble and its reminder of the Classical world, Byars also used gold, for its historical references to divinity and perfection.

Technical details

Original title:
The Figure of Question
Registration number:
Byars, James Lee
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Kawala marble, wood and glass
Vitrine: 60 x 12 x 12 cm; tetrahedron: 17 x 50 x 50 cm
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
© James Lee Byars
It has accessibility resources:

Accessibility resources
Audio description
High-relief image
Texts in braille

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