The Eric Orr papers consist primarily
of photographic prints, slides, transparencies, and negatives that document the Light and
Space movement artist's paintings, sculptures, and public fountains. Also present are
schematic drawings and plans for Orr's public works and ephemera, clippings, and
administrative files that detail Orr's life and practice.
Eric Orr was a key figure in the Light and Space movement in Southern California. Born in
1939 in Covington, Kentucky, Orr graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1958 and
spent his early years traveling across the United States and Cuba. He briefly attended the
University of Cincinnati in the early 1960s, where he produced his first sculpture, Colt .45, a work later known as Saturday
Night Special. The work featured a mounted pistol facing a chair; viewers could
sit and control the pistol via a foot pedal.
24.06 Linear Feet
(37 boxes, 2 boxed-rolls, 19 flatfile folders. Computer media:
10.90 GB [195 files])
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of box 13, folder 11, which is
unavailable pending conservation treatment. Born digital content will be made available
on-site only, through the digital preservation repository. Born digital content and
audiovisual materials unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.