Happy Twosday!

Peanut butter and jelly. Saturday and Sunday. Batman and Robin.

Some of the best things in life come in pairs. As today is 2-22-22, we’re highlighting some of the pairs of sculpture in our collection! Our Curator of Arts Education Amber Oudsema shares some information and questions you can ask yourself while observing these works:

Photo by William Hebert

Elizabeth Frink, Mirage I and II, © The Estate of Elisabeth Frink. Frink was inspired by the horrors of WWII to create human, mammals, and bird forms with a somber mood. What animals do you think these two figures are meant to look like? What is different about them?

Photo by William Hebert

David Nash, King and Queen, © David Nash. David Nash is inspired by nature and ancient mythology. In this sculpture, which form do you think is the king and which the queen? Why?

Photo by Erin Zacek

Yinka Shonibare, Farnase Hercules, and Aphrodite de Frejus. Yinka Shonibare grew up in both London, England and Lagos, Nigeria. In these sculptures, he references ancient Greek art while painting them in brightly colored batik fabric patterns, which is most popular in contemporary western Africa. Finally, he tops them with globes in place of heads. What is the message Shonibare is trying to send?

Photo by Erin Zacek

George Segal, Circus Acrobats, 1988 © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Artist Rights Society (ARS). Our last Segal exhibition at Meijer Gardens was called Body Language which asked the viewer to take a close look at what messages the body is conveying. In this sculpture, what does the body language of each individual figure say about the relationship between the two?

Photo by William Hebert

Hanneke Beaumont, Number 26 and Number 25, © Hanneke Beaumont – How are these two similar? How are they different? What do you think is going on between them?

Photo by William Hebert

Chakaia Booker, Rendezvous and Urban Excursion, © Chakaia Booker – Are these two sculptures identical? How are they similar? They are made out of recycled rubber tires. How might that material relate to the titles?

Photo by Chuck Heiney

Barbara Hepworth, Summer Dance, © Alan Bowness, Barbara Hepworth Estate. Barbara Hepworth was known for imbuing “post-war optimism” into her non-objective artworks. What aspects of these two forms seem positive to you? How do they interact with one another?

For more information and to plan your visit to Meijer Gardens, visit www.MeijerGardens.org.

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