‘Rockne Krebs is recognized as one of Washington’s finest artists. Krebs “Of the 38 major pieces I’ve made in the last 10 years, two still exist. Perhaps I ought to start making still-lifes of flowers.”’ *1
“I think of these as pieces which you experience in total but see only in sequence or passages. The experience is a remembered experience, almost as a piece of music of which you hear the progression. In this case you see the progression of the piece and your final total experience is one of memory.”
Rockne Krebs, 1970 *2
“’Crazy, man!’ is the way young people describe it as the beam dances merrily as it bounces off trees, the waters of the lagoon…” *3
“I was disheartened to read Rockne’s 1977 statement, that of the thirty-eight major pieces he had made, only four were still extant.
Rockne’s sobering quote speaks volumes about the temporal nature of all art. However, there is one piece that certainly exists and has become a touchstone for me. Miami Line is a signature Krebs light sculpture that stretches for a third of a mile along the under edge of a Metrorail overpass in downtown Miami ….” *4
William Dunlap, Dec. 2, 2011
“...Krebs’s made one feel extremely happy and proud to be alive at a particular time and place…” *5
*2. The Sixth National Sculpture Conference, 1970, National Sculpture Center, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Edited by Elden C. Tefft, published 1971. Published transcript of Krebs’ lecture.
*3. Griffin, Thomas. One-the Beam Museum Draws ‘Em Like Moths, The States-Item New Orleans, 1971.
*4. Harrison, Carol. Rockne Krebs Photographs + Interpretations, 2013.
*5. Forgey, Benjamin. Art Life on the Edges, essay, Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990, 2013.