Installation of New Sculptures at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts.August 01, 2012
Some are already in place to the delight of tourists and residents alike. The massive sculpture, Circus, by British artist Jim Unsworth, on the green above Monument Terrace, features three balancing elephants performing in a circus ring. The circus theme has inspired the artist for some time and the elephant in particular is featured in most of his recent work.
Also on the Monument green is The Little House, a charming and delightful creation by Peter Hill Jones. Constructed of real building materials, the work is site specific with the green itself becoming part of the sculpture; forming the lawn and garden surrounding this diminutive bit of architectural whimsy. A covey of exotic bird sculptures will soon grace another part of the green as well.
One of Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s most important works, Mujer Fumando, will be installed in the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden. Two wonderful works by British artist Barry Flanagan, Gendrd I / Gendrd II, will join the array of other Flanagan works already in the Garden. Atop the head of the two elephants, hares perform with typical Flanagan aplomb.
Following a long engagement on Broadway, Verdi Square in New York City, where it delighted New Yorkers, American artist Peter Woytuk’s big blue Kiwi will find a home in the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden opposite Botero’s popular Gatto (Cat). It is sure to delight children and visitors of all ages.
A cool, white marble Polar Bear, by Chinese artist Zhaohui Liu, has already joined Lion 2, by Korean artist Ji Yong-Ho, on the Cascade in reminding visitors that art can also convey concerns about nature and the manmade environment, as well as please the eye.
Inside the Cascade, the Center’s Escalator Gallery will also present new works, including sculptures by California artist Laddie John Dill and Otto Rigan from Arizona. New additions to the extraordinary designs for seating collection will intrigue visitors with their innovation and humor as they ride the Cascade’s escalator through this unique gallery space.
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts cordially invites tourists and residents to enjoy summer in Yerevan discovering all the new artwork; a part of the Center’s mission to present contemporary art in keeping with the Cafesjian legacy for Armenia.
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