Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 Weekly Theme: Sketch a Statue

Tom Otterness: The Real World

There are statues all around us. Some are just whimsical, some celebrate great historical events and some honor an person of significance in our soicety.  They are big and unusual in the landscape but most of the time we don't even notice them, they are just part of the background scenery as we go about our lives, 

The unveiling of the statue of women's rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth is seen in Central Park in New York on August 26, 2020, marking the park's first statue of real-life women.
Newly Installed Statue in Central Park Celebrating the Suffragette Movement 

Erecting a statues in a public space is a big event, takes a lot of background work to make it happen and costs a great deal of money.  We tend to take these things for granted as we pass by these objects.  This week lets take a moment or two to reflect on them a bit. Who was that person or event being celebrated?  Who designed it? What organization was responsible for its installation? Is it's existence still relevant to the times and the neighborhood?  

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Charging Bull 

The weather this week should be perfect for a trip to a park or walk through your neighborhood. This week look around your neighborhood and suss out the reason that that the statue is there.  Then go and draw it.  Post your works and give some background on what you have drawn and why it is there.

File:"The Immigrants" Sculpture At Battery Park.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Immigrants Statue 

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