Bird in Space

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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This photograph captures the soaring freedom of two wings. I am reminded of the works of Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor who created a series of sculptures, the “Bird in Space,” From the 1920s to the 1940s Brancusi was preoccupied by the theme of a bird in flight. He concentrated not on the physical attributes of the bird but on its movement. In “Bird in Space” wings and feathers are eliminated and the swell of the body is elongated. Balanced on a slender conical footing, the figure’s upward thrust is unfettered. Braincusi’s inspired abstraction realizes his stated intent to capture “the essence of flight.” “Bird in Space” is a series of seven sculptures carved from marble and nine casts in bronze, all of which were painstakingly smoothed and polished. The original work was created in 1923. It was sold in 2005 for 27.5 million US dollars, a record for a sculpture sold in an auction. The bronze clouds enhance the symbol of freedom of the “Bird in space.”

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