San Marco II

San Marco II, 1986
Ludovico de Luigi
One Financial Place Plaza
440 South LaSalle Street

In a 1986 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Venetian surrealist Ludovico de Luigi admits that artists must earn a "diploma" of sorts and states, "Until I have made a horse, I will never be a sculptor." In his home town, however, "there are no horses. The only horses are the ones on the facade of St. Mark's Basilica on the Piazza San Marco."  In fact, the inspiration for this work came from a set of 11th century sculptures of four horses on the facade of St. Mark’s that had deteriorated from years of neglect. With this nine-foot bronze sculpture, De Luigi is able to convey a sense of motion by capturing the horse in mid-stride. Deep lines accentuate the horse's muscles and imply great strength and virility. Purchased by Financial Place Corporation, the piece sits atop a fountain in a landscaped plaza.

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