Charles O. Perry
|Charles O. Perry|
|Born||Charles Owen Perry
October 18, 1929
|Died||February 8, 2011(aged 81)|
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.
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 1962, he married Sheila Henry de Perry; they had five children. He also has a brother, Alexander Perry and sisters Carol and Avery.
- William Grimes (February 11, 2011). "Charles O. Perry Dies at 81; Sculptor Inspired by Geometry". New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- "Charles O. Perry dies; creator of Air and Space Museum sculpture was 81". The Washington Post. February 15, 2011.