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Big Blue, Ron Arad, Click for more information

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Shape
Clouds and some surrounding offices reflect on a huge disk. This seems to be smoothly carried and collected in the bowl. If the artwork would stand in a gorgeous area, the reflection would be beautyful and the merging by the bowl make it even richer.

Material
The scale of the bowl and the shiny blue material evokes a feeling of aesthetic pleasure. In the evening, the scale is enlightened so the environment is not reflected anymore. In the evening the artwork stands alone and this gives me a somewhat alienated feeling.

Location
The artwork stands on a green strip between offices. Employees and visitors of the surrounding buildings sometimes scroll in the area.

Impact
The large size of the artwork matches the scale of the surrounding buildings. Due to the artwork a sense of beauty is added to a utilitarian space.

Meaning
The artwork stands alone in the office park. The artwork’s feature is to decorate an utilitarian environment. In another area, the statue may have a greater role and significance.

Compared with other works
The artwork Untitled by Tomas Saraceno (London, picture 1, more information) is located in a park. The nature (trees, clouds) is reflected by the shiny surface. Due to the rectangular shapes of the artwork, it seems, that portions of the surroundings are cut away, are manipulated.

Sky Mirror (New York, picture 2, more information) is giving the nature back to the people. Anish Kapoor says something like: "Look around you, see the beauty of the sky. Take another point of view, see the surroundings from a different side, upside down.". The artwork distorts only a little, namely because of the fisheye.

The artwork Never Again Auschwitz by Jan Wolkers (Amsterdam, picture 3, more information) the sunlight is reflected by broken glass. The glass plates are reminiscent of gravestones. The artwork reflects on one of the most difficult issues in European history. Jan Wolkers says: “After Auschwitz, the view on the sky is violated”.

This sympathetic artwork Lensbomen (Glasses Trees) by Thomas Puckey (Amsterdam, picture 4, more information) is a tree containing discs of glass. The artwork would have extra dynamics when transparent glasses where used so the area and sky was magnified or deformed.
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Vanishig Point, Jay Battle, Click for more information

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Shape
The artwork has a round shape, a rounded disk like a wheel. A round shape is a basic shape, which by itself already provides sufficient explanation.

Material
The artwork is carved out of stone. In the center, the material is perfectly smoothly polished. It makes me think of a belly button of a woman. The material is shiny and I can almost feel the skin.
From this point radial lines make a rough surface. It seems an old, medieval object with an essential and universal function.
The work is complete made of stone. This honest material makes me confidential because the inside is what you see on the outside. And this gives me a peaceful feeling.

Location
It is located in a park on the edge of an upscale office park. To me the sculpture is standing in another world. It is standing alone and it’s giving eternal value. The park has a view on the Thames. Would the artwork be fished out of the river?

Impact
The artwork is giving beauty and meaning in a utilitarian space.

Meaning
This is a beautiful piece of art that is honest, is showing itself, gives a sense of beauty and meaning without imposing itself.

Compared with other works
The artwork Aurora by Ruth Asawa (San Francisco, picture 1, more information) is made by a human hand, perhaps in first instance Japanese paper folded together. It can make sense to Japanese people, many of whom live in San Francisco. The work is standing in the water. On the background there is Oakland Bay Bridge (looking alike the nearby legendary Golden Gate Bridge). This work is also made by hand and standing in the nature, all though the scale is different.

The artwork Tau by Roger Berry (San Francisco, picture 2, more information) is wonderfully attractive. In an artificial space made of concrete and steel, this is a welcome game changer by use of the basic shape, the beautiful material, the correct scale and the craftsmanship.

The artwork Oriental Light Sundail (artist unknown, Shanhai, picture 3, more information) is also made by hands. The choosen material makes it reminiscent of an object for space travel, it is in any case a modern object. It seems rather to have an instrumental than an artistic function.

A Dew Drop by Fai Chin Lee (Hong Kong, picture 4, more information) is more like a mirror than a drop of water (what is suggested by the title). It reflects everything from the environment but nothing ot the interior is visible. It is located in an airport. On this location people don’t tend to show much of their interior.
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Poured Lines, Ian Davenport, Click for more information

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Shape
Narrow vertical lines have many colors: primary, greyed to saturated. When the work is viewed between two fingers, each section is shown with it’s different color combination and atmosphere. If you look closely, you see that the work is made by hand. Most lines have one color along the entire height and thickness, but sometimes there is a subtle gradient. This can be seen only after careful study.

Material
Paint is brought on a large smooth shiny sheet. Such work is exceptional in public space; is this space paintings and also works with color are a minority.

Location
The work of art fulfills a clear function, namely it reduces an annoying feeling on an awkward place, namely under a bridge. Here the walls are frayed and dirty and there are many shades of gray.

Impact
Under a bridge, many people tend to walk briskly. Therefore, the artwork is viewed volatile. At the same this artwork is hard to read and interpret because of the large number of colors that evoke many different emotions. Therefore, the impact is not what it might have.

Meaning
Each artwork can be classified by function: by an aesthetic function, an artwork can make remember, can shock, can be cheerful. An artwork can also play a role in an awkward space where people stay only for a short while. If there was made a choice for certain effect, a certain emotion, this artwork would have been stronger and more effective.

Compared with other works
In the evening offices are empty along a river. On top of one of these buildings Dainton Neon Tower by Philip Roger Vaughan (London, picture 1, more information) is standing. This artwork is visible from afar. The colors bring merriment and take the uncanny feeling away, not only for the area immediately around the building but in a larger area.

At a crossroads, next to an entrance to the subway and a shopping area, this work Mural by April Greiman (Los Angeles, picture 2, more information) is does not imposes itself. The work is both in day- and night-time (with the help of a perfect lighting) atmospheric and brings me a spiritual longing for harmony and cohesion. After examination it appears to depict a finger and bowl by the use of a rich palette of colors.

On a dark spot in the city, a small light on a roof is suddenly seen. It turns out to be Uomo Della Luce (Man with Light) by L. Bernardi Roig (Milan, picture 3, more information). The man is bared chested and has difficulty wearing his charge. This is a powerful hopeful artwork. Happiness can be brought apparently by a stranger on an unexpected moment.

At first nothing is noticed but suddenly it becomes apparent: the artwork Four Seasons by Rob Birza (Amsterdam, picture 4, more information) changes continuously. Because of the changing of the colors, the artwork express different emotions. The artwork is formed by four faces. Because of the simultaneously changing of color, this makes a different combination of spheres. This wakes u the emotional life in this seeming endless and impersonal walkway in the airport.
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Marwari Horse, Nic Fiddian-Green, Click for more information

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Shape
This artwork is an ode to the horse. The mouth is gently touching the ground, the nose remains closed to the bottom but from this point a long line meets the relaxed glancing eyes. Muscles around the jaw line show that the horse is drinking. The ears accelerate the line of the nose, while they continue to listen.
How wondrous that only the head is there, but yet the feeling arises that horse is near us.
The head seems to be realistic, although I have a feeling that the head is longer than in reality.
It is nice that the sculpture is that realistic. Therefore, the artwork really seems to drink.
It is unusual that an artwork in this size stay lose and subtle.

Material
The erosion of the material make wonderful lines that strengthened the long lines. The color fits nicely against a gray sky with clouds and a cool blue of sunny weather.

Location
The sculpture stands on a spacious location so it seems that there is room for the entire noble animal. The vulnerability of the animal becomes even more obvious during the romping play and football game buy kids running around the artwork.

Impact
With this piece, the lawn is transformed into a poetic space. It will be wonderful to be together in the vicinity of this beauty.

Meaning
This artwork is a masterpiece that is realistic yet is poetic and aesthetic, has a large size and remains subtle.

Compared with other works
This miracle of art David by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (Venice, picture 1, more information) retains its beauty, power and magic in every format it would have been implemented.

American cities such as Los Angeles, can cope well with large format artworks. Memory Reflection by Lita Albuquergue (Los Angeles, picture 2, more information) first appears to be a little star, than becomes a thin line that gradually turns into a fountain and a gold sphere that seems to rise to the sky.

The large scale of this artwork Spider by Louise Bourgeois (New York, picture 3, more information), is one of the reasons of it’s impact. When this artwork would have a small scale, the impact would be less. The meaning of the artwork is needed to have impact if it would have a small scale.

This artwork Torri di Luciana by Mauro Staccioli (Florence, picture 4, more information) seems to be able to carry the entire area and be able to place this on the earth. In a smaller size, the effect would be partially lost.
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Quantum Cloud, Anthony Gormley, Click for more information

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Shape
A fabric starts on the bottom with a recognizable structure, which is switching to an ever looser structure. If you look closely, on the inside of the structure there appears a human figure. I find it better to a more apparent effect. I would have liked it better when the person would be better recognizable.

Material
The artwork consists of shiny tubes of the same length. The reason for this is not entirely clear. I would have found it interesting when different structures were used. It seems to me that a reference is made to molecules. It would have been possible to express this by using several materials and / or components.

Location
The artwork once stood on a structure inside the Thames, with on the background the elements air and water.

Meaning
This artwork is a good starting point for a creative and meaningful artwork that makes use of the elements which are surrounding the artwork.

Compared with other works
Apparent technical components prove to be enlargements of eyes, mouth, fingers, shoes. The title is Le Dandy (Los Angeles, picture 1, more information). It seems that Jean Dubuffet wanted to expose vanity. It is not clear whether the work is intended as a deconstruction of the character of the person or that it’s making a joke on the person.

This person is incorporated into larger and smaller structures (Human Condition, Agenore Fabbri, Milan, picture 2, more information). It’s a pity for this man that the structures don’t seems to move and therefore this man seems quite lonely.

This statue La Demeure Humanine by Ossip Zadkine (Amsterdam, picture 3, more information) is of a wondrous beauty. The persons are connected with each other and their environment. The material is interesting. The artwork is in dialogue with other coeval works (made by Brague, Piscasso).

This strong woman Mama Branka by Nelson Carrilho (Amsterdam, picture 4, more information) is made of earth, but it is cracked and broken. The woman is looking sad and holding her head slightly turned out of pity. This bronze structure seems to be made of slices of earth. The woman is having her hands nearby and this time this generous woman is not willing to hug. She is apparently full of sorrow and needs time to process this. This is a good and important work.

This artwork structure Molecule Man by Jonathan Borofsky (Berlin, picture 4, more information) is optimistic and is an ode to modern mankind. The persons make close contact with each other, they are standing strong and start to move, they are having fun.
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Bleigiessen, Studio Heatherwick, Click for more information

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Shape
Clouds seem to stand motionless in a vertical space. This happens while we are accustomed that clouds move horizontally. While the forms are different from any viewing direction, we are invites to walk around it.

Material
The diaphanous lines make it work is literally and figuratively airy and sparse. It is also incomprehensible that a shimmered work is that static.

Location
In a technical and functional space there is an object that is opposite in all aspects: seems to be warm, to have no function other than having to be just fine.

Impact
The artwork looks pleasant.
Locking Piece, Henry Moore, Click for more information

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Shape
A number of plastic forms are entwined or fused. It seems that a number of surfaces fit together by abrading and polishing. This might be a nice metaphor for (the beginning of) a relationship.
Between two parts, there is a disk just like the natural bones. I think, this detail is too literally. The bones are specific forms. These forms give little opportunity to associate and are therefore little significant.
It is known that Moore often worked with bone-forms. As far as I know, Moore did not tell much about the reasons for these forms. Some experts give there own visions and interpretations. Without these reasons, the forms don’t make much sense to me. ArtAtSite wants to concentrate on the object itself, not on the reasons of the artwork.

Material
The material is attractive. The colors and the transitions of them are beautiful.

Location
The artwork, which is standing alongside the Thames, does not refer to the surroundings. The artwork is introverted.

Impact
Moore is a famous artist. Therefore, it is interesting to see a work by the hand of this artist. The impact of this work seems limited because, in my opinion, refers only to the corpus of works of this artist.

Meaning
The artwork refers to specific objects (bones) that are barely used in the history of art. This specific forms are not much incorporated into works of art.
The artwork is hardly connected and in discussion with other works of art. The meaning of the chosen objects did hardly communicate with meanings in the tradition.
Henry Moore gives me no clues to give meaning to the artwork. The association of an beginning relationship is not strong; bones are not coupled with live nor (the formation of a relationship).
Allison Lapper Pregnant, Marc Quinn, Click for more information

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Shape
Picture of a woman with severe handicaps; softonon. An illness causing vital parts of the body not mature, the beauty of the person is not like we are used to and which many people are embarrassed.

Material
White marble, perfectly smooth finish. So realistic that it seems as if she can move. Marc Quinn manages to portray lack and disease without the 'ugly' materials or shapes 'need' has.

Location
Each year, a renowned artist is invited to create a work of art is exhibited in a central square in London.

Impact
The artwork is contradictory: a flawed body is performed in one of the finest materials, made a human deficit exhibited no single gene. It is logical that this evokes a fierce resistance in many people.

Meaning
This artwork is a masterpiece by the perfect execution and lifelike expression and fundamental discussions it evokes.

Compared with other works
Wolfgang Matteuer's Jahrhunderschritt (Berlin, picture 1, more information) depicts a person off which does not correspond to the ideal of beauty. This person makes an incredibly big step forward and is apparently incredibly strong. Wolfgang Matt Heuer knows Jahhundertschritt ('One Hundred Years Step', Berlin) to portray a convincing person without the use of perfect shapes, proportions and colors.

With Der Gestürzte Krieger by Markus Lüpertz (Berlin, picture 2, more information)we witness the last moment of a brave man who has fought for a good cause. The materialization is shocking; the person already appears to defend.

It is so painful to walk through an intimate space of two lovers who are totally vulnerable meeting. Maybe the people of Wohin Gehst Du by Andreas Wegner (Berlin, picture 3, more information), experience their last moments together.

Although Karl Bobek's Torso (Berlin, picture 4, more information) of a man impersonates who is actively involved, the man also seems to perish. This man confronts effectively serious issues of life and mortality.

Nothing wrong; Europe Power Handstand. Ernst Leonhard's (Berlin, picture 5, more information) work plays catchy way with a heavy body that adopts a onwaarschijlijke attitude.

Although Yolanda by Miriam Lenk (Berlin, picture 6, more information) does not have the perfect buddies, she is so attractive that it's hilarious.
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Finsbury Avenue Lit Floor, Som, Click for more information

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Shape
Do you recognize this: walking endlessly in the evening in a sad city without much to see, especially when you cross a square? Som has created a playful art made of illuminated lines that cater on a sophisticated way to the people crossing the square.

Material
The artwork uses technology to control lights. This is modern, interesting. The colors are playful and make merry. The artwork is physical: I feel like Michael Jackson and have a tendency to dance, to be the center, to carry out a perfect act.

Location
The artwork is located in the heart of London's nightlife district. This is a perfect location for the artwork and give pleasure to the people who are going out.

Meaning
http://londonart.info/details/SOM_Maurice_Brill_Finsbury_Avenue_Lit_Floor_Square_modern_classic_contemporary_statue_art_at_Site_London.html This is a good work of art that invites you to move, make fun together and seduce.

Compared with other works
Molly Dilwort gives her Cool Water Hot Island (New York, picture 1, more information) refreshment and atmosphere in the city and invites you to move on the waves arranged on Time Square.

Some works seem very similar! The shades of the artwork by Max Neuhaus (New York, picture 2, more information) are rich and subtle. The grid has a simple and functional character. I would like it when a finer material was chosen.

Untitled by Diana Thater (Los Angeles, picture 3, more information) uses warm fresh materials so that the atmosphere is improved in the city's night.

How wonderful it must be for you to get a star in Hollywood? Christain Moeller gives with Mojo (Los Angeles, Hollywood, picture 4, more information) you fame for one second at an unexpected moment.
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William, Rebecca Warren, Click for more information

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Shape
This artwork has got nothing; no shape, color, tactility, structure. What a nerve to make such work!

Location
The sculpture stands at the entrance of a shopping center. I imagine that the type of person that likes to come in a mall, find such a work of art abhorrent. Maybe that's exactly the thing that enjoys the artist. It testifies of humor to place a work of art that has got nothing on a pedestal.

Meaning
The artwork is touching for its ugliness. Because of the lack of humor, eloquence or aesthetic value it’s hard to be positive about the artwork.

Compared with other works
Willem de Kooning created with Reclining Figure (Rotterdam, picture 1) an artwork that is attractive, three-dimensional, raises many associations by the experienced viewer. This is a good piece of art that fits in a city where functionality and sobriety is important, yet whith an alternative subculture within the artistic scene.

Jonathan Meese does with Humpy Dumpy (Berlin, picture 2, more information) no effort to create a "beautiful" artwork but is convincing critical on the transience and futility of power and violence.

These ugly giant Öffentliche Rose by Rolf Szymanski (Munich, picture 3, more information) shows himself as he is. If you look closely, a rose might become visible. Don’t you think that fading flowers are aesthetically? Vulnerable, rich in color, after years familiar with the house on the backside. Besides, this artwork is surrounded by ancient trees and mansions.

Another ugly cyclope Meeresgrund by Otto Petri (Berlin, picture 4, more information) looks fascinated at an attractive sleeping woman. This is not a good work of art, but the simple natural material evoke a primal force and sensuality.
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Angel, Emily Young, Click for more information

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Shape
On top of a number of pillars a face is superimposed. The eyes, nose and mouth are surrounded by coarse hair. The face radiates self-confidence, strength and sympathy.
To me, a column is an important supporting element of a building with a social or religious function. By putting a face on a pedestal, I am thinking of the people who shaped this social or religious function.

Material
The face is carved out of stone. The eyes, cheeks and mouth are smoothed and polished. The nose is slightly violated, the chin is notched, the cheeks are damaged. A portion of the face is still hidden in the stone. The left and right side-head are partly missing and the hair is schematically carved in the material but not cut yet.
It seems as if the face is still in the making. Also, it seems that the face is old, damaged by time and found again after centuries. Is this a face that is in progress or is it placed back on the pedestal after centuries?

Location
Multiple columns stand on a square near the church. Therefore, a comparison with columns of the church is easy made. The question is whether the artist intended it.

Meaning
This work has the potential to say meaningful things about the role of the European tradition because it combines elements from this tradition creatively.

Compared with other works
Everyone knows intuitively that an Egyptian obelisk (Paris, picture 1) is about human strength, intelligence, connecting earth and heaven. It is not necessary to delve into the vanity and the ubiquitous role of religion during the creation of the artwork.

This needle (Paris, Bergeret Pierre, picture 2) concerns obviously the role of the ruler, his victories and longing for immortality that the artwork becomes complacent and loses sight of the social context. The artistic qualities of the artwork have a serving character or are underexposed.

Eric Orr shows with the artwork Prime Matter (Los Angeles, picture 3, more information) that humans control nature; lights the fire when and where humans wants. There is a pillar of natural stone and there is natural fire. This is a powerful and great artwork. The only thing; to me, fire is a too fierce primary power to be part of subtle art.

Iosa Ghini Massimo has made with Quattro Punti Per Una Torre (Milan, picture 4, more information) a significant, eye-catching artwork. The monumental form opens itself careful and shows the tingle interior. The sculpture stands in a courtyard of a university. Should the university recognize the desire to be strong and still be open, vulnerable and also demonstrate vitality?

Nike 89 made by Wieland Foester (Berlin, picture 5, more information) is not a perfect angel, but rather a touchingly sweet person. You see wings, the sculpture is silvered, so it must be a special person. At the same time the rough finish and strange shapes make it clear that it’s human to make mistakes.
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