As you all know, we love a good illusion especially when it involves giant sculptures like this! Artist David Breur-Weil is currently showcasing Alien as part of the Beyond Limits exhibition at Chatsworth House in the UK. This massive bronze sculpture looks as if a mysterious figure has fallen from the sky!
“I have always been fascinated by the idea that we are not alone, that a massive alien might suddenly land on earth," he states. "I wanted to capture the sense of wonder and shock that such an arrival would generate. Every new work of art is an alien, an unexpected arrival. But I also think that an extra-terrestrial being would look like us, but perhaps much larger or smaller.
"However, the title Alien also suggests something quite different: the difficulty of being an outsider. My father arrived in England from Vienna with his parents as refugees in 1938. My grandfather was interred as an enemy 'Alien', a great paradox given the reasons he had to leave Austria, something that my family often spoke about.
"Sometimes immigrants hide their true identity beneath the surface, like this sculpture. Many of my works, both paintings and sculptures, explore the theme of belonging or alienation. But with this work I wanted to use a vast, breathing human form to express the profound feelings associated with these themes. And I needed the massive scale to portray the intensity of these emotions.”
The enormous 20-foot high sculpture was in Grosvenor Gardens in central London earlier this year before it moved to Chatsworth House for the Beyond Limits exhibition. Here it is in both locations.
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