Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Broad Family

The Broad Family by Xavier Corberó, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London, London
“The Broad Family” by Xavier Corberó, 1991
Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“Corberó's family members evoke a range of human feelings we all share – togetherness and separation, safety and vulnerability, innocence and experience. Approaching from a distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were hunks of rock. As you come closer the individual characters take shape, closer still and you’ll see a gentle humour woven into the work – in the ball, the dog and a pair of polished, lace-up shoes peeking out. Of great interest to visiting sculpture students, the scale of the basalt pieces is impressive, yet the distance between each figure is also important - a family group where each individual has its own space – something we all welcome at times. Considered by many to be Spain’s premier living sculptor, Corberó's roots are firmly in the Catalan artistic tradition. The son and grandson of artists and artisans, he is now based in Barcelona, a city he has perhaps influenced more than any artist since Gaudí. Many of his massive works line major boulevards, and he created the medals for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.” (The Broad Family, Broadgate)

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