Unequal Christ the Redeemer, above the Fourth Plinth, Impossible, Possible!
This work has been inspired by the recent the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the previous Rio 2014 World Cup, and my previous works in the series, and a combination of previous works.
This work has initially inspired by the magician “Dynamo” (aka Steven Frayne, who is the British version of the American magician David Blaine). “Dynamo” is best known for his award-winning television show “Dynamo: Magician Impossible” which ran from July 2011 to September 2014.
He makes a series of magician works, and is best known for his lavation, defining gravity and also walking on water. On a visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he replicated the posture, pose of the “Christ the Redeemer” by levitating above the crowd and with hands held out. (see link below)
In the work, I have recreated this work, by replacing “Dynamo” with “Christ the Redeemer”, levitating above the crowd, above the plinths, with hands held out, with suspended Olympic Gold medals, and World Cup footballs (Football is the national sport of Brazil, known as soccer in America) on the opposite side.
In the work, I am suggesting an Unequal Balance, and contrast, opposites (recurrent themes of the Artist). The Unequal Balanced Gold Medals against Footballs are to represent the metaphor for contrasts of Rich verses Poor of the Games (First World Countries against Third World Countries). First World Countries, receive more funding ie. Team GB increased funding though the National Lottery, whereas, Third World Countries would have little or no funding, creating an unequal Balance in the work and the Games.
The title “Unequal Christ the Redeemer, above the Fourth Plinth, Impossible, Possible!” contains several meanings.
The first part refers to “...Christ the Redeemer” overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the second part “the Fourth Plinth” refers to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square London. In the work there are Three Plinths or Podiums, referring from left to right of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and an Invisible Fourth Plinth above the Sliver, supporting “Christ the Redeemer”, referring to the Fourth Plinth. The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has remained bare for 150 years, until 1998 when the Royal Society of Arts, commissioned a series of temporary sculptures, from famous artists, such as Rachel Whiteread, Marc Quinn, Anthony Gormley.
Finally, “...Impossible, Possible!” refers to “Dynamo: Magician Impossible” in which magician creates illusions making the Impossible seem Possible. It would be impossible to levitate “Christ the Redeemer”, however, as Artists, we can make the Impossible seem Possible, by illusions, placing “Christ the Redeemer” mid air, similarly like Op Art movement, creating Optical Illusions.
With my previous works, I am interested in codes and hidden messages. The Medals have been arranged in a pattern of six circles grid as used in Braille, to spell a Letter. Spells a Four Letter word letter word “Gold”, in contrast, on the other hand, Spells the word “Goal”.
Within this work, I have divided the medals & footballs which has an outline of a circle of 360’ into 26 equal segments to represent the 26 Letters of the Alphabet (see image for medal rotated through 180’ to represent the Letter M).
The medals have been rotated to spell Gold Medal sporting events of the Olympics, spells the words “Swim, Run, etc...”. Opposite this is World Cup Footballs of Brazil, with sporting events such as “...Judo”, refers to the Brazilian Olympian, Rafaela Silva, who won a Gold medal from her sport, Judo, beating the odds, coming from a Poor deprived area of Rio de Janerio.
Link to "Dynamo at Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro"
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