Monday, August 26, 2013

Man with a Fish

Man with a Fish, 2010
Stephan Balkenhol
In front of main entrance of Shedd Aquarium, 1200 South Lake Shore Drive

            This piece is artist Balkenhol’s first permanent public installation in America. A German sculptor, he studied at the Hamburg School of Fine Arts. Best known for his minimalist and conceptual works, his early sculptures were nudes presented in Roman, Greek and Egyptian styles. In the 1980s, his work began to feature ordinary men and women depicted in common activities, but with a light-hearted or surprising twist. Such is the approach to this piece as well as his Small Man with Giraffe in front of the Hamburg Zoo. This bronze sculpture sprays water from the fish’s mouth and drips into the reflecting pool below where the basin has a colorful sea-life image.

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