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Herb Williams was born in Montgomery, AL and received a BFA in sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College.
Although the artist works with many different mediums and materials, Herb is one of the only individuals in the world with an account with Crayola. He creates original sculptures out of individual crayons that may require as many as hundreds of thousands. Mr. Williams artwork hold records with Ripley’s and Guinness and his sculptures have been placed in public arenas, such as children’s hospitals, corporate lobbies, museum walls, and the White House.
Herb describes the work by saying, “I am interested in identifying iconic objects that society perceives to fit one role and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. Intriguing questions arise when an object associated with childhood, such as a crayon, is used to address issues dealing with more adult matters, such as sexuality, religion, and social hierarchy. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to the object as icon, but beguiling and satisfying to me in the use of pure color as form.”