Friday Favourites

This Friday we are going BIG, great big public sculptures, with a great big sense of humour.

Walking to the Sky, Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaWalking To The Sky – Pittsburgh, Pensylvania

Walking to the Sky is a landmark public sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky. The original was installed at Rockefeller Center in 2004 before being moved to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas in 2005.  A copy is installed on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.  Another copy is installed in front of the Kiturami Homsys Co. building in Hwagok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

The piece was inspired by a story that Borofsky‘s father used to tell him when he was a child about a friendly giant who lived in the sky. In each tale, father and son would travel up to the sky to talk to the giant about what needed to be done for everyone back on earth. Borofsky says the sculpture is “a celebration of the human potential for discovering who we are and where we need to go.”

Charles La Trobe Statue, Melbourne, AustraliaCharles la Trobe Statue – Melbourne Australia

Melbourne sculptor Charles Robb turned Victoria’s first lieutenant-governor, Charles La Trobe, on his head. Robb says it embodies the notion that universities should turn ideas on their heads.

Corporate Head, Ernst & Young Building, Los Angeles, CaliforniaCorporate Head, Ernst & Young Building, Los Angeles, California

Corporate Head sculpture 1991 by Terry Allen

They said I had a head for business
They said to get ahead I had to lose my head
They said be concrete and I became concrete
They said, go, my son, multiply, divide, conquer
I did my best

Philip Levine

De Vaartkapoen (Policeman Being Tripped), Brussels, BelgiumDe Vaartkapoen (Policeman Being Tripped), Brussels, Belgium

De Vaartkapoen by Belgian artist Tom Frantzen.  Created in 1985, the statue is located in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium.

Le Pounce Monument, Paris, FranceLe Pounce Monument, Paris, France

Standing over 40 feet tall and weighing more than 18 tons, “Le Pouce,” or “The Thumb” was built in 1965 by sculptor César Baldaccini.

Man Hanging Out, Prague Czech Republic

Man Hanging Out, Prague Czech Republic

This sculpture, more often referred to as the Hanging man was created by David Cerny in 1996, was first exhibited at the exhibition “Respekt 97″ at the Villa Richter in the Prague’s Lesser Town. Later installed at the Czech Cultural Center in Berlin; Moderna Muset in Stockholm; National Theatre in London; and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London.

River Children, SingaporeFirst Generation –  River Children, Singapore

 Chong Fah Cheong a renowned local sculptor, vividly captures the scene of early immigrant children frolicking in the Singapore River.  This sculpture by the river portrays five boys jumping into the water.

Searching for Utopia, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSearching for Utopia – Amsterdam

Searching for Utopia  is a public sculpture inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia. Belgian artist, Jan Fabre, depicts himself riding a giant tortoise, looking for Utopia. The journey is as important as reaching the destination therefore a slowly moving tortoise is the ideal way of getting there.

I hope you have enjoyed this little expose of some really BIG and some really interesting public sculpture.

I hope the weekend was relaxing, mine obviously was, only posting Friday’s Favourites on Tuesday!!!!

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