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Originally uploaded by marisa.landrigan

Location: Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Sculpture by Jaume Plensa, stainless steel, 2007

Quoted from sculpture.net:
Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Pappajohn has purchased a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as the signature piece for the sculpture garden Pappajohn wants to create in Des Moines’ downtown Gateway Park.

The piece, titled “Nomade,” is being shipped to Iowa from Florida, where it appeared…in Art Basel Miami Beach, an international art show… The sculpture is made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters that are painted white and welded in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest with arms around the knees. The artist has said the shape was based on a position that his son sometimes assumes.

“It will be so interactive with people,” said City Councilwoman Chris Hensley. “You can go in and walk around inside the sculpture and sit inside it. The lighting will make it spectacular at night.”

Nomade is lighted from the ground inside the sculpture…causing the inside of the letters to reflect the white enamel paint and the outside to take on a ghostly, dark presence.

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Monument Au Fantome

Monument Au Fantome

Originally uploaded by Drkangeltex

Location: Discovery Green Park, Houston, Texas, USA

Sculpture by Jean Dubuffet, fiberglass and steel, 1969-71

It was originally a part of the Dubuffet’s Hourloupe series. According to claudia morlan: The seven distinct elements are made of painted fiberglass over a stainless steel armature and include: the hedge, the chimney, the dog, the phantom, the tree, the mast and the church…(It) is certain to become a focal point for visitors of the new $122 million park… The sculpture (is) situated on the east side of the park near Avenida de las Americas on a plaza that is adjacent to the Houston Astros Garden Grove.


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Antony Gormley – Close, 1993

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uploaded by Ben Dalziel

Location: Hakone Open Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

Sculpture by: Antony Gormley, bronze, 1993

Antony Gormley is an English sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North…Gormley describes his work as “an attempt to materialise the place at the other side of appearance where we all live.” Many of his works are based on moulds taken from his own body, or “the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside.” His work attempts to treat the body not as a thing but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical – a trace of a real event of a real body in time. (Info quoted from wikipedia)

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Buscando La Luz IV (Looking for the Light)

yorkshire sculpture park

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uploaded by polymerchicken

Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, steel, 2001(?)

“Spanish Basque sculptor…Chillida’s earliest sculptures concentrated on the human form (mostly torsos and busts); his later works tended to be more massive and more abstract, producing many monumental public works. Chillida himself tended to reject the label of “abstract”, preferring instead to call himself a “realist sculptor” (info source: wikipedia)

“The late Eduardo Chillida transports us to an almost forgotten innocence of vision. Consider this: you can just walk up to an artwork and feel the look of it. Given the contemporary art world’s cerebral self-consciousness, its obsession with image rather than substance, Chillida’s gigantic sculptures come at us like things from somewhere else. They take us back to that initial aesthetic and reflective thrill that made us aware why we liked art in the first place.” –Robert Clark (gaurdian.co.uk)

Flickr photos originally uploaded by: andrewa, (top) and puffin11uk(middle and bottom)

Floralis Generica


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Location: Plaza Naciones Unidas, Av. Figueroa Alcorta and J. A. Biblioni, La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sculpture by: Eduardo Catalano, steel and aluminum, 2002

“The gleaming…petals of this giant flower look very space age, perhaps because they were commissioned from the Lockheed airplane factory by architect Eduardo Catalano, who designed and paid for the monument. The 20-meter-high structure begins to open at dawn and closes at dusk, when the setting sun turns its mirrored surfaces a glowing pink.” (info source: fodors)

During the night this moving sculpture of a flower closes but there are only four nights in which the petals are opened: May 25, September 21, and 24 and Dec. 3… According to Catalano, ‘Floralis’ pertains to flowers, and ‘Generica’ comes from the concept of “gender”, indicating that the art represents all the flowers in the world. (source: es.wikipedia)

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Floralis Generica: In full ‘bloom’ (phto source: es.wikipedia)

Partially closed (photo source: es.wikipedia)