Friday, October 5, 2012

Sculpture and Religion

Let's face it.  Sculpture, since the dawn of time, has been about spirit and religion.
The most enduring materials were used to address the mysterious and intangible aspects of life:
Spirit, Death, the Afterlife, Gods.
Here's a new twist on both permanence and religious art, Floating Echos by Chang Jin Lee.
It's a 10 foot tall inflated, transparent Buddha balloon anchored in the East River in New York.

"Religion is a part of our lives, and therefore it's a part of what artists are sometimes interested in exploring, philosophically, politically, spiritually." says John Hatfield, executive director of the Socrates Sculpture Park.

It's part of Locating the Sacred Festival
 Floating Echo by Chang-Jin Lee.

Floating Echo is a giant transparent inflatable statue of Buddha. Its subtle presence embraces and reflects the surroundings, both natural and man-made. It is seemingly present and absent at the same time. What one sees is one’s own environment rather than the Buddha itself. What will you see? In this major work by Chang-Jin Lee, the form of the Buddha is rendered in clear plastic, a ubiquitous and finite everyday material for a statue that represents values of intangibility, timelessness, and renewal. Is this simply a contradiction or perhaps a metaphor for the ways in which the sacred can still exist in our contemporary lives?
Presented by Socrates Sculpture Park as part of its 2012 Emerging Artist Fellowship Program.

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