Not since Paige Bradley' Expansion have I been this intrigued with a sculpture. A 20 feet long, 8 feet high sculpture called Freedom, is currently located in front of the GSK World Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. In 2000, sculptor Zenos Frudakis created it around our universal need to break free from a situation, be it an internal struggle or an adversarial circumstance.

"Although there are four figures represented, the work is really one figure moving from left to right," he shares on his website. "The composition develops from left to right beginning with a kind of mummy/death like captive figure locked into its background. In the second frame, the figure, reminiscent of Michaelangelo’s Rebellious Slave, begins to stir and struggle to escape.The figure in the third frame has torn himself from the wall that held him captive and is stepping out, reaching for freedom. In the fourth frame, the figure is entirely free, victorious, arms outstretched, completely away from the wall and from the grave space he left behind. He evokes an escape from his own mortality."

Hidden within the large scale sculpture are casts of tools which the artist used to make this sculpture, 25 people, a cat that Frudakis had for 20 years, his own face and coins. Though each have of its own personal or symbolic meaning, they are also there for those who pass by to discover something new and interesting. Frudakis also created a space where he's written “stand here” so that people can place themselves inside the sculpture and become part of the composition.

Zeno Frudakis' website

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Comment by alice on December 2, 2013 at 10:42am

Hi Kylie! Please ask the artist for rights to use any of the images. Thank you!

Comment by Kylie on December 2, 2013 at 10:40am

Love this sculpture! May I use the first picture in my school project?

Comment by Yogender Kumar on March 30, 2013 at 9:34pm

amazing work...

Comment by Jeff Householder on February 9, 2012 at 12:51pm

Depicted in four phases..each one the same individual..very cool

Comment by sAm on October 5, 2011 at 2:30pm
So cool!!! Excellent!

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