In art class, I made a statue based on a famous public art, The Statue of Liberty. We had to answer the questions below in our presentation.
Public Art Research Questions
1. Q1 What is the title of the work?
Q2 Who made it?
Q3 When was it made?
Q4 What is the medium?
Q5 What kind of form does it have? (Geometric, Organic, Natural, Abstract, Realistic, Architectural, etc.)
Q6 Where is it? Describe the location and environment that the public art is displayed. Explain it in detail.
Q7Why did the artist create the artwork? What kind of messages do you think the artwork is sending to the public?
2. Reflection on our own public art
- Processes of creation (techniques, difficulties that they faced and how they solved their problems, etc.)
- Environment that they would like to put the public art and what kind of message and impact that it would give to the public.
My Presentation Notes
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a huge realistic sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, America. It is surrounded by water and it is the statue often being the first thing immigrants see when arriving by boat. The island has a land area of 59,558 square metres. The artist of the statue is Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Frédéric is a French sculptor who was born on August 2nd 1834. He attended the Lycee Louis-le-Grand in Paris and went on to study architecture and painting. Later, he focused on sculpture and exhibited bronze statues such as “The Young Vine-Grower”, “Génie Funébre”. The making of the statue was a big-scale-project and many well-known architects helped out such as Gustave Eiffel, Eugéne Viollet-le-Duc and Richard Morris Hunt. The project started from September 1875 and was completed on October 28th, 1886. The statue is mainly made out of copper, wrought iron and steel.
The female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world and it symbolizes the universal concept of liberty. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France and is an icon of freedom.
The statue I made is based on The Statue of Liberty and I think my strength is in the hair and the shape of the figure. Balancing out the clay and making sure the body parts were evenly sized was a little challenging. For example, when I first attached the arms, one was thin and the other was thick. To make the hair look realistic, I used a scraping tool to make waves in the hair to express the texture of the hair. The weakness of my statue was the face of the figure. After completion, I dropped it by mistake while trying to move it and the face got squashed and I was disappointed. After the process of trying to recover the original shape of the face, it turned out to look like the face of ponyo. Overall, I think it looked cuter and turned out quite well. If I were to improve my statue, it would be the posture of the figure as it is slightly slanted.
I would like to put this statue in the elementary library as it symbolizes peace and calmness. The lady-like figure shows a gentle feeling and the cute face will also appeal to elementary students.