Sunday, September 18, 2005

Art works....

I'd like to turn people on to the fact that that the world is form, not just function and money." Claus Oldenburg

Marc Quinn's sculpture of the artist Alison Lapper was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday. Lapper is disabled, and the off-white marble statue shows her naked and eight months pregnant. The visually arresting and controversial work is the first of a series of commissions to be displayed in a prominent position in the London square. After eighteen moths it will be replaced by Thomas Schütte's Hotel for the Birds

Photo above shows sculptor Marc Quinn with a scale model of his statue of Alison Lapper: photo credit Reuters
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4 comments:

Garth Trinkl said...

Pliable, thank you for this very interesting post. I was myself thinking of referring to this sculpture in my blog at the end of last week, but I didn't get to it. I first saw only Marc Quinn's beautiful sculptural face of Alison Laper in the BBC story, linked from ArtsJournal.com.
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4247000.stm). I don't think that her beautiful face shows up as well in your image.

I then found the image of the full sculpture, and the information that it was 3.6 meters (or about 12 feet)tall. I think that it is a very moving and beautiful contemporary sculpture and I am happy that it will be prominently displayed in London. Thank you for promoting information about the work. (I shudder to imagine the political firestorm that would occur if this sculpture were to be unveiled, or shown, in a less mature or tolerant city such as Washington, D.C.)

And thanks for all your other insightful posts which I found this morning -- a gold mine of information which I must now find time carefully to read fully and think about.

Kathy said...

Did they put this on the empty pillar that was supposed to have been (oh gosh, forgive me) some King's statue but he died without leaving enough money?

Kathy said...

Oh wait, went and read the article. Yep, that's where it is. Fascinating, and moving.

Pliable said...

It is touching to see the interest, and comments, on this post.

This was one of those, shall I, shan't I posts? I'm never quite sure how something a little "out of the box" is going to work. I am moved that between us we are broadening the coverage of an overgrown path without losing the core values.

Garth makes a shrewd observation about the less thn striking images of this arresting work. Putting this post together made me realise how important the graphics are to my blog, and I think that contributes to its uniqueness (although the highly esteemed
Renaissance Research also has a powerful use of graphics).

There weren't many good photos of the finished sculpture. Partly becaue it was unvieled on a wet and grey day. Its size, and location, also make it difficult to photograph. I chose the maquette shot more because the whole image was striking, not because it was a good shot of the statue itself.

Anyway it seemed to work. Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment - and keep them coming.