34. Intetra

Isamu Noguchi

Intetra, 1976, steel

Gift of the Ziuta and Joesph James Akston Foundation

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 1976.2


Located along the Intracoastal waterway is the monumental stainless-steel sculpture Intetra. This is the work of one of the 20th century’s most important and critically acclaimed American sculptors, Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988). Intetra is in the shape of a tetrahedron—a triangular pyramid composed of four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners. If you peek inside the sculpture, you will notice a series of pipes that control a mist fountain. Due to mineral deposits caused by the South Florida climate, this feature had to be disconnected shortly after it was installed in the late 1970s. Conservation in 2020 restored the pattern of brushwork on the steel surfaces, which adds a pictorial dimension to the work. 


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