The Appenine Colossus
Within the Villa Demidoff, 11 kilometres/7 miles north of Fl;orence, is a giant statue known as Colosso dell'Appennino, or the Appennine Colossus. The sculpture is nearly 11 metre/35 feet tall and was made during the Renaissance by 16th century Italian sculptor Giambologna.
The Colossus stands as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains and is not just a statue, it also contains rooms with a fireplace in the head that used to blow smoke out of the nostrils.
The park in which he is located is open on the weekends.
Model showing the rooms inside Colossus
“Love” is a sculpture by Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov that was on display at last year’s Burning Man Festival in Nevada. It features two wire-frame adults sitting back to back with their inner children reaching out to each other from within. At night, the inner children lit up as well.
According to Milov:
“It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”
Put your own interpretation on it as well. It is what Milov invited people to do.
Force of Nature
Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn watched the destruction brought on by hurricanes in Thailand, the Southern U.S. and around the world, and was inspired to create ‘Force of Nature’. Made from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the sculptures depict Mother Nature hurtling planet Earth around in circles. The image is meant remind of the power of nature and what Quinn describes as our “false sense of security” towards it. He states further that “This would be reminiscent of the early statues made as peace offerings to the Gods in the hope of quenching their anger.”
Alternative title: Help! My helium balloon is getting away!
Okay, I hear you say, it looks good but it’s not so amazing. Then how about this ?. . .
It is located in Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace (1770), and was created in 1986 for a Beethoven festival celebration by abstract sculptor Dusseldorf Professor Klaus Kammerihs. From the side the forms look random and meaningless. From the front they depict an easily recognisable Beethoven. The back also suggests his face but older and sadder.
Back in 2014 a sculpture of a giant figure emerging from a lair underneath the grass appeared in Szechenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary. It was created by Hungarian artist Ervin Herve-Loranth for Art Market Budapest, a four-day international contemporary art fair. The meanings were variously interpreted as the symbolism of freedom, the desire to break free, the curiosity and the dynamics of development.