Monday, July 28, 2008

Pinocchio and Venus

Ohio's own Jim Dine has made this 30' cast bronze statue in his Walla Walla Washington for the people of Boras Sweden.

While the process is interesting to me the character has never been one that I appreciated. Personally I find puppets and marionettes to be extremely creepy.

Dine on the other hand has found his inspiration there and said that he has for "many years been able to live thru the wooden boy. His ability to hold the metaphor in limitless ways has made my drawings, paintings and sculpture of him richer by far. His poor burned feet, his misguided judgment, his vanity about his large nose, his temporary donkey ears all add up to the real sum of his parts. In the end it is his great heart that holds me."

The YouTube video has the festive air of Gulliver championing the Lilliputians.
In Cleveland Dine adopted a more classical route for his commission at the Federal Court House Tower. And his Venus was not without her controversy either. Perhaps Pinocchio, the boy who couldn't lie would have been more appropriate for the Courthouse?


BGE said...

I wholeheartedly agree with your last sentence. Venus should be shipped to Sweden, land of beautiful women, rather than on display in front of a courthouse where she looks like a victim of fundamentalist moslem retribution. And I cannot tell a lie either---Pinocchio rules!

Kathleen said...

That is funny!
We could start a movement - Rescue Venus Now!