Showing posts with label sculpture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sculpture. Show all posts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Janus-Owls

I Gufi-Giano, The Janus-Owls by Gianmaria Potenza, Hotel Palazzo Stern, Venice
“I Gufi-Giano” (The Janus-Owls) by Gianmaria Potenza
Hotel Palazzo Stern, Dorsoduro
Seen from the Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Amonite

Amonite, glass sculpture by Anthony Burke, Cardinal Place, London
“Amonite”, glass sculpture by Anthony Burke
Cardinal Place, Victoria Street
London, January 2007

Friday, July 11, 2014

Van Gogh au chevalet

Van Gogh au chevalet, Van Gogh at the Easel by Bruno Catalano, Galerie Bartoux, avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris
“Van Gogh au chevalet” (Van Gogh at the Easel) by Bruno Catalano
Galerie Bartoux, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“His first works, compact and conventional, stayed tied to the elements of the Earth, whereas the series which follow doe not cease to acquire expressiveness and finesse. These astonishing works, with their dashed bodies and the determined lack of volume, invite the viewer to mentally reconstitute its limits. Thus, Van Gogh still leaves, his suitcase in hand, towards the Provencal countryside, but it is in a quasi-abstract lightness, open to the elements. It is not our destiny that Bruno Catalano persuades us to see and to meditate on? Because through his statuary, he re-enacts the adventure of the human species, always between two riverbanks, repelling all borders.”
(Bruno Catalano, Galerie Bartoux)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

General Philip Henry Sheridan

General Philip Henry Sheridan by Joseph Pollia, Christopher Park, New York
General Philip Henry Sheridan by Joseph Pollia, 1936
Christopher Park, Christopher Street, West Village
New York, September 2007

“In 1924, the General Sheridan Memorial Committee was organized by John B. Trainer, former secretary of the Armory Board of New York City. The committee raised $6,000 through public subscription to erect the statue in Christopher Park. The statue was dedicated in elaborate ceremonies on October 19, 1936, coinciding with the 72nd anniversary of the Cedar Creek victory. A time capsule, including the names of all contributors, was sealed at the base of the statue. Italian-born sculptor Joseph Pollia, who created the statue of Sheridan, received numerous public commissions, and in 1926, also sculpted the World War I Doughboy figure known as My Buddy or the Richmond Hill War Memorial, which stands in Forest Park, Queens.”
(General Philip Henry Sheridan, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Statue of Neptune

Statue of Neptune by Jacopo Sansovino, Scala dei Giganti, Giants’ Staircase, Courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice
Statue of “Neptune” by Jacopo Sansovino, 1567
Scala dei Giganti (Giants’ Staircase)
Courtyard of the Doge's Palace
Venice, September 2013

See also: Scala dei Giganti - Statue of Mars

“Among the works showing his severe late style are the bronze portrait of Tommaso Rangone over the entrance to the Church of San Giuliano (1554), which Sansovino also designed; the colossal statues of Mars and Neptune (1554–56); and the monument to the doge Francesco Venier in the Church of San Salvatore (1556–61).”
(Jacopo Sansovino, Encyclopædia Britannica)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Piazza Mentana

Monument to the fallen of the battle of Mentana, by Oreste Calzolari, piazza Mentana, Florence
“Monumento ai caduti della battaglia di Mentana” (Monument to the fallen of the battle of Mentana)
By Oreste Calzolari, Piazza Mentana
Florence, October 2013

Monday, June 30, 2014

Big Painting Sculpture

Big Painting Sculpture by Patrick Heron, Stag Place, Westminster, London
“Big Painting Sculpture” by Patrick Heron, 1998
Stag Place, Westminster
London, January 2007

“It was commissioned by Land Securities back in 1998, and became one of the first examples of the company’s commitment to public art, as well as offering a creative and elegant solution to a practical problem of wind blowing through the passageway (given that Heron’s house was on a hilltop in Cornwall, he knew all about windbreaks!). The construction of the sculpture was a family affair, as it was his son-in-law, the architect Julian Feary, who was charged with realizing Heron’s concept in three dimensions and grand scale. ‘Big Painting Sculpture’ was unveiled in July 1998 and, although the artist sadly died a year later, his legacy lives on – not only in his own piece of public art, but in the policy that Land Securities has maintained ever since of including an element of public art in all its developments.”
(Patrick Heron, Land Securities Group)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Statue of Mars

Statue of Mars by Jacopo Sansovino, Scala dei Giganti, Giants’ Staircase, Courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice
Statue of “Mars” by Jacopo Sansovino, 1567
Scala dei Giganti (Giants’ Staircase)
Courtyard of the Doge's Palace
Venice, September 2013

See also: Scala dei Giganti - Statue of Neptune

“Among the works showing his severe late style are the bronze portrait of Tommaso Rangone over the entrance to the Church of San Giuliano (1554), which Sansovino also designed; the colossal statues of Mars and Neptune (1554–56); and the monument to the doge Francesco Venier in the Church of San Salvatore (1556–61).”
(Jacopo Sansovino, Encyclopædia Britannica)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cour du Dragon

Copy of the bas-relief of the Dragon by Paul-Ambroise Slodtz, rue de Rennes, Paris
Copy of the bas-relief of the Dragon by Paul-Ambroise Slodtz, 1732
Rue de Rennes 50, 6e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“This fabulous beast was the main ornament on the facade of a monumental gateway built in Paris by Pierre de Vigny (1728–32), leading into the Cour du Dragon (later destroyed) on the rue de l'Egout (today, the rue de Rennes). On the keystone of the arch, beneath a richly decorated wrought-iron balcony, Paul-Ambroise Slodtz carved the dragon of Saint Margaret, patron saint both of the street opposite and of the wife of the financier who commissioned the work, Antoine Crozat. This sculpture is one of the few surviving examples of rocaille decoration made for a building in Paris.”
(Dragon, Paul-Ambroise Slodtz, Musée du Louvre)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Manfredo Fanti

Monument to General Manfredo Fanti by Pio Fedi and Clemente Papi, piazza San Marco, Florence
Monument to General Manfredo Fanti by Pio Fedi and Clemente Papi
Piazza San Marco
Florence, April 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Grand Commandement blanc

Grand Commandement blanc, Big White Commandment by Alain Kirili, Tuileries Garden, Paris
“Grand Commandement blanc” (Big White Commandment) by Alain Kirili, 1986
Outside the Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, National Library of St Mark's, piazzetta San Marco, Venice
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark's)
Piazzetta San Marco, San Marco
Venice, September 2013

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Francisco de Miranda

Copy of a statue of Francisco de Miranda by Rafael de la Cova, Fitzroy Street, Camden, London
Statue of Francisco de Miranda by Rafael de la Cova
(A 1990 copy of the 1895 original)
Fitzroy Street, Camden
London, January 2007

“The Venezualan patriot Francisco de Miranda lived at 58 Grafton Way from 1802 to 1810, during which time it became a hotbed of South American revolutionary fervour where all the famous names from Bolivar down met and plotted. In 1810 Miranda returned to Venezuala and became its first revolutionary leader, only to be deposed by a Spanish counter-attack. On his way to be evacuated by a British warship he was handed over to the Spanish authorities by, ironically, Bolivar. Miranda died in prison a few years later. The statue is a copy of one made in 1895 by the Venezualan sculptor Rafael de la Cova. It was put in position in 1990 after the restoration of the house as a cultural centre.”
(58 Grafton Way W1, Ornamental Passions)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Famous Parisians

Statues of famous Parisians, façade of the Hôtel de Ville, place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Paris
Statues of famous Parisians, façade of the Hôtel de Ville
Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, 4e arrondissement
Paris, July 2011

See also: La Science - L’Art

“The central ceremonial doors under the clock are flanked by allegorical figures of Art, by Laurent Marqueste, and Science, by Jules Blanchard. Some 230 other sculptors were commissioned to produce 338 individual figures of famous Parisians on each facade, along with lions and other sculptural features. The sculptors included prominent academicians like Ernest-Eugène Hiolle and Henri Chapu, but easily the most famous was Auguste Rodin. Rodin produced the figure of the 18th-century mathematician Jean le Rond d'Alembert, finished in 1882.”
(Hôtel de Ville, Wikipedia)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cat, Bird & Worm

Cat, Bird & Worm, The Real World by Tom Otterness, Battery Park City, New York
Detail of “The Real World” by Tom Otterness
Nelson Rockefeller State Park, Battery Park City
New York, September 2007

Search labels: Otterness

“Otterness demonstrates kinship with viewers of all stripes by using popular forms of address to express distance from commonly recognized modes of authority (including Modernist art conventions), acknowledging that in ‘the real world’ artist and audience inhabit the same unstable environment. However, the nature of his sculpture—the sheer expense of its construction, the maze of official channels that must be negotiated to bring it to fruition as a public work—requires self-effacement before the powers that be.”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Le voyageur

Voyageur, Traveller by Bruno Catalano, Galerie Bartoux, avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris
One of the “Voyageurs” (Travelers) by Bruno Catalano, Galerie Bartoux
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“Bruno Catalano is a French artist born in 1960. His work reveal his desire to capture the viewers attention. Stamping his unique mark on the subject. Admiring art since his youth, it is only in 1990 that Catalano started a career as a remarkable sculptor. His talent lies in his ability to endow the inherently elusive material with a transcendent essence. As a romantic dreamer, his subject matter takes shape in the fantastic framework of the world where love, beauty and harmony reign. His passion for art will never lose its strength. ‘The universal theme of travel still inspires Bruno Catalano’. Since he started to knead clay, hundreds of ‘travelers’ have come out of his feverish hands, populating his studio while awaiting an unknown destination.”
(Bruno Catalano, Galerie Bartoux)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lion by Alfred Jacquemart

Bronze lion by Alfred Jacquemart, Hôtel de Ville, Paris
Bronze lion by Alfred Jacquemart, left gate of the Eastern façade
Hôtel de Ville, rue Lobau, 4th arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

See also: Lion by Auguste Cain

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Young Lovers

The Young Lovers by Georg Ehrlich, Festival Gardens, City of London, London
“The Young Lovers” by Georg Ehrlich, 1951
Festival Gardens, City of London
London, October 2009

“The formal layout consists of a sunken lawn with wall fountain water feature, a gift of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners in 1951, surrounded by raised paved terrace with stone parapets and seating, with planting in tubs and a number of trees including a lime hedge and a fine catalpa. The Information Pavilion now adjacent to Carter Lane Garden (q.v.) was originally positioned east of the Festival Gardens and was moved to the present site in 1955. In the west is a sculpture, ‘The Young Lovers’ by Georg Ehrlich (1897-1960), erected in 1973.”
(Festival Gardens, London Gardens Online)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Émile Levassor

Monument to Émile Levassor by Camille Lefèvre, square Alexandre-et-René-Parodi, boulevard de l'Amiral-Bruix, Paris
Monument to Émile Levassor by Camille Lefèvre
Square Alexandre-et-René-Parodi
Boulevard de l'Amiral-Bruix, 16e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“By 1891 Levassor had designed a radically new motorcar to house Daimler’s engine. He broke with tradition by placing the engine in front of the driver rather than under him, thereby obtaining better traction for the steering (front) wheels. He replaced the typical belt drive with a shaft-and-gear transmission that could be selectively engaged with a clutch to give different speed ratios. These and other innovations and existing designs were brilliantly combined by Levassor in the automobiles that his firm started selling in 1892. His vehicles were the first true, if embryonic, automobiles, rather than being simply carriages that had been modified for self-propulsion.”
(Émile Levassor, Encyclopædia Britannica)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mirror

Mirror by Simone D'Auria, Gallery Hotel Art, vicolo dell’Oro, Florence
“Mirror” by Simone D'Auria
Gallery Hotel Art, Vicolo dell’Oro
Florence, April 2014

“Specchio, specchio delle mie brame, chi ha la bicicletta più bella del reame?”
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is not whose the fairest bicycle of all?”