Mario Merz, Zebra

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Mario Merz, Zebra,  Novecento museum, Milan, Italy

A key member of the Arte Povera group, Mario Merz produced expansive mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and installations, through which he propagated an egalitarian, human-centered vision. Through art, he counteracted what he saw as the dehumanizing forces of industrialization and consumerism. Together with compatriots including Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto, Merz eschewed fine art materials in favor of everyday and organic matter, like food, earth, found objects, and neon tubing. In 1968, he presented his first igloo, which became a motif in his work, representing the fundamental human need for shelter, nourishment, and connection to nature. By 1970, the Fibonacci sequence became central to his work, shaping the tables and spiraling forms for which he was known, and incorporated into his igloos and canvases. In these Merz sought limitlessness, against the confines of modern life.

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Defying Gravity

This fascinating ‘gravity defying’ sculpture by Anthony Gormley is located in one of the streets at the centre of Eton College. Wonderful though it certainly is, I just wonder how many sculptures by successful international artists are placed in more prosaic, less privileged environments. If you know of any, please let me know, I really am interested. We could start a balanced collection.

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Fontaine Bartholdi, Lyon

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La Fontaine Bartholdi is a fountain sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi(who also created the statue of liberty in New York) and realised in 1889 by Gaget & Gautier. It was erected at the Place des Terreaux, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon, in September 1892.
Pour conclure, je dirais qu’il convient d’être toujours prudent avant de monter sur ses grands chevaux.