At 64-feet-long, 25-feet-high, and 15-feet-6-inches-high, respectively, these three new sculptures aren’t mega-sized, but they are big. Work by Dora Natella, Edward Fraughton, Richard Loffler.
If you drive north up the east side of England heading for Scotland, as you approach Newcastle-on-Tyne and the town of Gateshead, you suddenly see, rising majestically ahead, the giant figure of the Angel of the North, by Antony Gormley.
Mega sculptures offer a variety of special challenges for artists, their clients, and their public. In the past, making a larger-than-life-size sculpture involved casting and assembling pieces in bronze, plaster, concrete, ceramic — all materials with their own beauty and other advantages, but certain disadvantages as well.
When the French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) first conceived of his immense paean to liberty, the grand dame of New York Harbor, he envisioned a bold, iconic sculpture, like the Great Pyramids of Egypt.