I started to answer the question “What are my influences in Art?” and already have posted the article Influences in literature. What’s new? / Prophylactic self-isolation series. Day 303rd.
Today is a time for the art influences in Sculpture. Here are a few pieces of visual art which stand in my eyes as real even when I am far away from them.
1. The Winged Victory of Samothrace in Louvre, Paris
The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Hellenistic Art (3rd-1st centuries BC)
The goddess of Victory (Nike, in Greek) is shown in the form of a winged woman standing on the prow of a ship, braced against the strong wind blowing through her garments (text reference 1, photo – blog’s author)
I saw this sculpture while visiting Paris in 2012. It seems I see it now in my mind as real and powerful as almost ten years ago. The strong sea wind is blowing, but the Greek Goddess just turns her face towards…
2. Ulysses, Monaco
“When the wind blows into our eyes, our soul gives us wings”. Ulysses becomes the symbol of man who, through his trials, proceeds towards knowledge and wisdom, his spiritual home (2).
Ulysses and the Odyssey are a paradigm, a mirror of ourselves. We spend our life finding ways towards knowledge, overcoming more or less successfully one obstacle after another, and the moment we reach our Creator’s home we leave this existence only to start another. What remains of us on earth is the energy of our Love (2).
Wondering why, but one website, selling photos online, presents this statue as “A statue of Hercules on the Port Hercules harbour in Monaco, France”. However, I was there and made photo of the author’s table, it shows: ANNA CHROMY, ULYSSES, http://www.annachromy.com:
The statue I have never seen in real, but it occupies my thoughts and imagination
Sedina’s fountain was created in 1898 by Ludwig Manzel (figures) and the architect Otto Rieth (fountain architecture). The fountain was known as Manzelbrunnen, where the allegorical female figure “Sedina”, a bronze statue, embodied the city.
I wrote a separate post about it: Sedina has been lost without a trace / Prophylactic self-isolation series. Day 282nd.
4. Self-Made Man and Self-Made Woman
The most inspirational statues by Mexican artist Víctor Hugo Yáñez Piña Self-Made Man and Self-Made Woman (4) talk without words.
The statues play a role of inspiration for those in XXI century who once and forever have decided to be the blacksmiths of his/her physical life.
5. The most shocking
The most shocking statue I have ever seen was in Vilnius, Lithuania:
There was even an anecdote from a real life about it. When one tourist, however, a big activist of eco-life, came to visit the capital of Lithuania and saw this installation, he thought it is a real sewerage pipe going directly to the river.
He called several institutions and posted his indignation on social media about the ecological state of the river. How shocked he was later again, when it was explained that this is “a piece of art”.
- Text from https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/winged-victory-samothrace
- Text from https://annachromy.com/ulysses/
- Photo from https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/szczecin-sedina-monument.1900902/
- Photo from https://mymodernmet.com/victor-hugo-yanez-pina-sculptures/
- Photo from https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/vamzdis-prie-neries-bent-kol-kas-isliks-pakranciu-pertvarka-jo-nepalies-56-515824