Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"The Guardians: Hero"

This is beginning to look like "sculpture week!"  This is the first picture I took when walking from Times Square over to the New York Public Library.  There is a small public park in between the skyscrapers, called Verizon Plaza on 42nd street.  This is where I spotted this interesting sculpture.  It is titled "The Guardians: Hero."  It is by the Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino, who is based in New York.  One of the magical things about Manhattan is that you never know what you will come face to face with every time you turn a corner or walk down a block. 


Anonymous said...

"the guardians: hero." hmmm interesting, never saw this before but when i saw this photo of an interesting sculpture with an intriguing name i immediately thought of Joseph Campbell and his book "the hero with a thousand faces" and looking at the sculpture there are so many ways to look at it as potentially inspired by the hero's journey. guardian of hope and strength I do not know what the artist intended the title to mean, but I see plenty of campbell in it. that it is built in layers where we can see through to the other side. layers and a figure, no doubt, but a figure with potentially many faces, left to the imagination of the viewer and still...... even the faces of others seen through from the other side.. might have to break out my joseph campbell collection again just because of this photo

Ken Spencer said...

Anonymous: Thank you so much for your thoughtful commentary about this sculpture. I am embarrassed to say that I don't know anything about Joseph Campbell. So I went and looked up the book on Amazon, and found THIS tribute to the book by Bill Moyers! Wow! “I have returned to no other book more often since leaving college than this one, and every time I discover new insight into the human journey. Every generation will find in Hero wisdom for the ages.”
— Bill Moyers
I need to get busy reading this book which you suggested! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

When I first looked at this, I thought of wooden building blocks. After reading your blog and Anonymous' comment, the photo takes on all new meaning! betsey