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Repost: J. Rachel Gustafson, Assistant Curator highlights Danh Vo’s artwork “We the People” (detail) this #IndependenceDay. 🗽
“Seen to the left, this seemingly abstract sculpture by Danh Vo is one of more than 300 pieces that collectively constitute a full-scale facsimile of the Statue of Liberty. Working with a fabricator, Vo employed the same techniques and materials used to create the original statue but intentionally isolated the fragments. Vo was intrigued with the Statue of Liberty’s surface — which is less than three millimeters thick — in juxtaposition to the ideals it represents. He has stated that “you think of this monumental sculpture but the image of it is stronger than the physical materiality.”
In observance of Independence Day, this work reminds us that the United States represents a patchwork of diverse people and perspectives that, at times, can become fragmented. “We the People (detail)” provides an opportunity to experience the hidden fragility of the Statue of Liberty while also reflecting on its symbolic values of freedom.
Visit the link in our bio to watch a short video from the National Museum of Denmark where this fragment, and others from the We the People series was installed in 2013, and hear more of Vo's own commentary on the project.”
- J. Rachel Gustafson, Assistant Curator
2019 Installation of Harris Gallery
Danh Vo (Danish, born Vietnam, 1975)
We the People (detail), 2011
Gift of Jane B. Holzer in honor of her parents, Helen and Carl Brukenfeld, 2016.252
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