The title alludes to the invasion of Italy by the Normans in medieval times. The large wedge bears down on the conical base, but the squared ring between them resists its force.

Beverly Pepper began her career as a painter while living as an expatriate in Rome. Later, an intense visit to Angkor Wat inspired, and old tree trunks in her garden encouraged, the artist’s first forays into sculpture. Yet her real breakthrough came with the possibility of working with industrial steel at the Italsider plant in Piombino, Italy.
Artist Beverly Pepper, American, 1922 - 2020
  • Normanno Wedge I
Date 1983
Medium Cor-Ten steel
Dimensions Overall: 17 feet × 69 inches × 9 3/4 inches (5 m 18.2 cm × 175.3 cm × 24.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, and funds from Byron and Dorothy Gerson, Jerome and Margot Halperin, Maxwell and Marjorie Jospey, and William M. and Janis Wetsman
Accession Number 1991.167
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
On View College for Creative Studies, Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden, Level o (see map)
1983, made at the New Haven Art Fabricators, Inc. foundry (New Haven, Connecticut, USA);
installed on Top Gallant Farm (Pawling, New York, USA);
1991-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Nawrocki, Dennis Alan. Art in Detroit Public Places. Detroit, 2008, p. 74.