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“Eye See You”
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July 26th, 2014. 11am - 11:50.
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#art musing |
"Perceptions: ‘We the People’ from Danh Vo"
By Daniela Holban
Scattered on the foothills of Manhattan, spreading across the river into the shores of Brooklyn, lies the quest of finding the pieces of the puzzle which has stood as symbol and personification of the American Dream for as long as one can remember:Lady Liberty herself.
‘We The People’ (2010-2014) is a full scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, made of about 250 copper pieces disembodied and dispersed around the globe. New York City is the 2014 temporary home of a small fraction of the project, displayed both at City Hall Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of the parts on view are the Lady Liberty’s ear, the chains found around her feet and a large section of the draped sleeve of the Statue’s raised right arm.
The project has been Danh Vo’s continually unfolding and developing masterpiece for a few years.To date, elements of the sculpture have been shown in major public institutions in Kassel, Paris, Barcelona, Shanghai, Chicago, Copenhagen, Bregenz, Shenzhen, Ghent, Bangkok, Porto and London. The project is a reconstruction of the actual size replica of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty. Working from the sculptor’s original drawings and following the original construction method Danh Vo’s version of the Liberty is an identical deconstructed metaphor of her French twin sister.
The sculpture is unlikely to ever come together as one but will instead reside and navigate all around the world in hopes of reminding its viewers of the meaning and fragility of freedom; of cultural values and how these change the idea of liberty locally and globally. Will there ever be a time when we can all put the pieces together to form a universal idea of freedom?
When close enough one cannot tell they are looking a slice of Liberty. The fresh copper color will fade away into the rusty marine green as nature and time will take their toll on it. Some pieces that were installed earlier on are already showing change, while newer ones still shine with their reddish tones. This in itself plays an important role in communicating Vo’s message of deconstructed views of liberty around the world. It is we the people, who are to answer the questions Vo’s installation poses, and one should visit the monumental puzzle in order to get a glimpse at their own perception of freedom.