Friday, 12 August 2011
"And a sword will pierce your own soul too." Luke 2:35
For some reason that I can never quite fathom, this is my favourite of all the art works at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It is Héros de Lumière, 1986 by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj. Carved from a block of white carrara marble, as favoured by Renaissance sculptors like Michelangelo, it has the feel of a classical piece and yet nods to Surrealism (it has a face on its shoulder, the lips just visible here). It always makes me think of the passage in the Bible where Simeon prophesies over the infant Jesus and warns Mary, his mother, of the heartbreak to come. Michelangelo believed he was carving to release figures trapped in the stone - and this piece has that kind of sense for me.
(Photo taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ18)