sculpture awesomeness

I’m breaking away from typography today {gasp!} to highlight a sculptor, Michael Stutz. I’ve had the privilege of seeing his amazing work in two different cities. While I was in Richmond last year, I came across the police man’s head and thought ‘Wow, look at that severed head on that building! That’s cool!‘, snapped a picture and went on my way. I’ve had it in my files this whole time and never knew what I’d do with it…until I was in San Francisco last month and came across the person sleeping at the top of a building. The second I saw it I was reminded of the police head. The style is so strikingly similar that there’s no mistake it’s by the same artist, who I have learned to be Michael Stutz. So freakin’ cool:

This is a 1300-pound, 12-ft. tall sculpture of a policeman’s head. It’s made of interwoven bands of stainless steel that are arranged in such a way that light and shadow play terrific games within the mask-like face that represents Richmond’s finest. The artist is Michael Stutz, a Tennessee native who says that the policeman’s face represents an “everyman” while at the same time it represents a sort of solemn authority over the police department’s duty to the city. The blue line running down the center of the sculpture’s face stands for the “dividing line between order and chaos,” a term that was created by policemen based on the fact that the police are “the men and women in blue.” The original phrase is “the thin red line”, which refers to a famous British military stratagem used during the Crimean war.
via Richmond Presents

San Francisco:
A welded bronze sculpture depicting a slumbering human body has been installed over the entrance to the W San Francisco Hotel. Sculptor Michael Stutz, who likes to say that the figure is “made of bronze and air,” aptly named it Pneumatic Dreamer. The piece was fabricated of annealed bronze strips intricately woven and then welded together. The sculpture was specifically designed for installation on the fourth floor terrace of the neoclassical hotel building, overlooking the street below (Figure 2). Stutz points out that the figure, the gender of which is intentionally ambiguous, “could be going into a dream state, or arising from it” and that it illustrates “a very private moment in a very public space.” In keeping with that idea, the piece is literally a woven shell, in which, Stutz says, “the inside is outside, and the outside is inside.” Pneumatic Dreamer is lit from both the inside and the front, emphasizing the woven lattice aspect of the design. Its bronze patina will weather to a greenish-blue shade in about a decade.
via Lincoln Electric


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