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MOONRISE. east. january

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

MOONRISE. east. january

Artist: Ugo Rondinone (Swiss, born 1964)
Date: 2005
Medium: painted cast aluminum on steel plinth
Dimensions:
Overall: 94 3/4 x 47 1/2 x 48 1/4 in., 1100 lb. (240.7 x 120.7 x 122.6 cm., 499 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.19
Accession number: 2015.19
Classification: sculpture
Label TextThese childlike and somewhat awkward faces are two from a series of twelve sculptures titled MOONRISE. Each sculpture depicts an exaggerated expression and is named after a month of the year. East. january has a mischievous appearance with its toothy grin, squinty eyes, and pointy nose; East. august has a sympathetic look conveyed through the head's tilt, hum-drum mouth, wide-open eyes, and button nose. A texture resembling finger marks in clay covers each, adding to their youthful charm. Ugo Rondinone created this series in homage to the moon in a time when our day-to-day reliance upon it has waned and its mythic significance has faded. Yet despite modern man's changed relationship with the moon, Rondinone is drawn to it for its universal accessibility and its significance as a marker of the passage of time.
InscriptionMOONRISE E january (u,r) 2005
Edition1/3, + 1AP
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