Looking Up is a gigantic stainless steel sculpture by Tom Friedman, a famous American artist. The impressive piece of art is full of wonder and a clear illustration of Friedman’s experiential and supernatural interests. The sculpture is a “quasi-human” figure that gazes up to the sky. It was created from aluminum foil pans crashed through lost wax casting (Weaver, 2021). The installation is at the Channel Gardens’ entrance on the fifth avenue between the 50th and the 49th streets. The site attracts many viewers who are inspired by its deception of reality and beauty.
I chose this piece of public art because I admire Friedman’s inspirational sculptures that can be found worldwide. The sculpture exhibits the lengths to painstakingly hard work and determination that the artist puts in his career. It cuts the line between monstrous and ordinary, the infinite and the infinitesimal. His works have featured globally, for example, solo exhibitions at the South London Gallery, Prada in Millan, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tel Aviv Museum.
Most of Friedman’s work is deceptive and handmade. Despite the ‘manual’ approach in designing the sculpture, it is masked intricately and exhibits a prefabricated mass-produced appearance. This characteristic speaks to the artists’ talent and ability to produce massive sculptures that will lure any passersby. Weaver (2021) says that Friedman’s presentations imply that form and content are seamless. The viewers’ expectations ate overturned as they slowly perceive the chasm between reality and illusion. The sculpture is found in a public space, and any person visiting the site can freely access it. Apart from its beauty, it inspires individuals to think beyond themselves.
Weaver, S. (2021). This massive sculpture is now standing in NYC’s Rockefeller Center. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/this-massive-sculpture-is-now-standing-in-nycs-rockefeller-center-012121