Saturday, July 02, 2011
The sculptor's name is Mario Chiodo, and his work is breathtaking ... !
... a visit to his Oakland studio on Thursday proved to be absolutely awe-inspiring. The figure shown here is the head of Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk, and but one of the many figures who, together, make up the elements in this magnificent sculpture to be installed in Henry J. Kaiser Park in downtown Oakland on September 6th. This work has been ten years in the making, and the first phase is now nearing completion.
It stands 30' tall, and we were able to see the first of the four elements in the final stages of creation; being cast in bronze. This was a visit to the foundry where that work is in progress.
Another of the elements is a depiction of Maya Angelou (below), with little Ruby Bridges of the New Orleans school desegregation struggles standing below at the edge of this photo on the far left.
What an amazing day of discovery and awe in the presence of genius!
Note: For more information, visit Mario Chiodo's website, or that of "Remember Them, Champions for Humanity."