Charles O. Perry

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Charles O. Perry
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Charles Owen Perry

(1929-10-18)October 18, 1929
DiedFebruary 8, 2011(2011-02-08) (aged 81)
OccupationSculptor, Designer
Spouse(s)Sheila Perry Patrick Henry Delfina Henry

Charles Owen Perry (October 18, 1929 Helena, Montana, US – February 8, 2011 Norwalk, Connecticut, US) was an American sculptor particularly known for his large-scale public sculptures.[1]


He served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War, receiving a Bronze Star.[2]

Perry initially studied architecture at Yale University, graduating in 1958. He then joined the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco, where he continued to work as an architect until 1963. At the same time, Perry started developing some of his own ideas in sculpture and in 1964 staged his first one-man show of sculptural models in San Francisco, which led to some early commissions for his sculptures.

Continuum (1976), bronze, National Air and Space Museum Washington, D.C. The sculpture is based on the twists of the Möbius strip with a void in the center representing a black hole.

In the same year Perry won the Rome Prize (for architecture) from the American Academy in Rome and left for two years of study in Rome, Italy — an experience that confirmed his switch to sculpture. On returning to the United States, Perry began to concentrate on designing public sculptures, with Continuum outside the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., being his most prominent work.

In his later years, Perry diversified into developing chair designs, jewelry, and a number of sculptural puzzles for the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution.


In 1962, he married Sheila Henry de Perry; they had five children. He also has a brother, Alexander Perry and sisters Carol and Avery.[2]


  1. ^ William Grimes (February 11, 2011). "Charles O. Perry Dies at 81; Sculptor Inspired by Geometry". New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Charles O. Perry dies; creator of Air and Space Museum sculpture was 81". The Washington Post. February 15, 2011.

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