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Nomade

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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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Buscando La Luz IV (Looking for the Light)


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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)

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