miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york

miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york

‘gran elefandret’ (2008) by miquel barcelo at union square, new york city, USA images © marlborough gallery, new york, courtesy of galerie bruno bischofberger, zurich

presented by the marlborough gallery, ‘gran elefandret’ by spanish artist miquel barcelo is now on view until may 2012 in new york city’s union square. measuring just under 9 meters at 5000 kg, the monumental bronze sculpture depicts a balancing elephant that is holding itself up by the tip of its trunk.

sitting on a traffic island between union square east and 14th street, the piece is a highly textured sculpture that captures in detail the sagging skin and floppy ears of the elephant. to achieve the surreal, gravity-defying posture, barcelo worked with engineers to ensure the structural integrity of the pachyderm. the finish of the sculpture recalls the artist’s tactile paintings in which he creates topographic surfaces on the canvas.

‘gran elefandret’ appears courtesy of the marlborough gallery and the department of parks and recreation ‘art in the parks‘ program.

miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york images © car los

miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york image © scott lynch

miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york images © marlborough gallery, new york, courtesy of galerie bruno bischofberger, zurich

miquel barcelo: big elephant in union square, new york during installation image © marlborough gallery, new york, courtesy of galerie bruno bischofberger, zurich

  • miquel barcelo is hyp-fake-pink-star i love much more the real Firman piece.

    sam
    Sep 20, 2011
  • Precarious balances are in vogue… Miquel Barcelo should install his elephant on the porch of an international financial institution.

    ibouc
    Sep 20, 2011
  • this is a copy of a Daniel Firman piece. How can they allow it???

    cordial
    Sep 20, 2011
  • Saw it in Avignon, France, last December. I quite like it!

    John
    Sep 20, 2011
  • what’s up with the elephant in Barcelona?
    is he still there?

    afj
    Sep 19, 2011
  • This beautiful elephant flew from Avignon France to NYC. Just enjoy it!

    bg
    Sep 19, 2011
  • I do love it so. Love lovelove it.
    NYC has some of the most imaginative public art around. Indifference is the petty death of all art- “Horrendous” and “Brilliant” guarantee a long life for this beast.

    DelightinDelphi
    Sep 19, 2011
  • just brilliant !

    artimon
    Sep 19, 2011
  • this is horrendous

    yojic
    Sep 19, 2011

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