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Maker(s):Pomodoro, Giò
Culture:Italian (1930 - 2002)
Title:Spirit of the Woods
Date Made:1955
Materials:bronze on unfinished wood base
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:overall without pedestal: 20 5/8 x 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 in.; 52.3875 x 27.305 x 33.655 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated on wood base: g pomodoro '55, titled on underside base: lo spirito dei boschi
Accession Number:  SC 1980.7.1
Credit Line:Gift of the Bardon-Cole Foundation, Incorporated in honor of Jane C. Wright, M.D., class of 1942
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

thin geometric tree-like forms

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This sculpture explores forms in space. The positive shapes Pomodoro creates in bronze are as important as the negative spaces they generate in between to give form to the sculpture. Before turning his attention to larger-scale sculpture, this artist made jewelry. Evidence of this earlier practice may be seen in the finely cast bronze components, held together by small metal rivets.

The title of the sculpture, inscribed on the underside of the wooden base in the original Italian (Lo spirito dei boschi) may reflect the influence of Surrealist artists and writers who rely on dreams or the subconscious as a creative force.

abstract; allegory

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Pomodoro, Gio
Italian 1930 - 2002
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