Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir: Borders












Hailed by The Seattle Times as public art that “promote(s) self-reflection and connective empathy through their ungainly forms and their quiet intrusion into our everyday lives,” the sculptures are arranged in 13 pairs – one cast of aluminum, the other iron. The pairs mirror each other in silent conversation. The difference of materials provides a striking visual contrast, highlighting the forms as both familiar and alien within the social space of the park. Modeled after Thórarinsdóttir’s oldest son, the static, life-sized figures allow park visitors to engage with them by crossing the invisible “borders” they create. “Using human figures makes it possible for people to relate to this work very directly, but at the same time the characteristics of the figure are reserved and anonymous— they don’t force themselves on the viewer,” said Thórarinsdóttir. “The show reflects on the opposites of human existence–on division but also on unity.”

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