Freedom

Submitted by Zenos Frudakis

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Client: Liberty Property Trust

Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

Completion date: 2001

Project Team

Artist

Zenos Frudakis

Industry Resource

Laran Bronze Foundry

Overview

This landmark work, known world-wide, has appeared on “Best Sculptures in the World” lists including The Independent, AD US, AD Europe and AD MiddleEast. 20 feet long x 8 feet high with one free-standing figure. Bronze.

Goals

"I wanted to create a sculpture almost anyone, regardless of their background, could look at and instantly recognize that it is about the idea of struggling to break free. Although for me, this feeling sprang from a particular personal situation, I was conscious that it was a universal desire with almost everyone; that need to escape from some situation—be it an internal struggle or an adversarial circumstance—and to be free from it. It is important to me that the public interact with the sculpture, not just intellectually and emotionally but physically. I have created a space in which I have written 'stand here' so that people can place themselves inside the sculpture and become part of the composition. In the end, this sculpture is a statement about the artist’s attempt to free himself from the constraints of mortality through a long lasting creative form." - Zenos Frudakis, Artist

Process

"I began this work in a very traditional sculptural manner by creating a small model in clay called a maquette. The macquette is the original mass of clay where a concept is born and from which it grows and develops. This was important later when I enlarged the sculpture from several inches long to 20 feet long, and I retained in the larger work a sense that all the conceptual material, its forms, focus and development sprang from this rough idea. The work metamorphosized, in the way that we do. Much of what I did with this sculpture has to do with taking traditional forms and combining them in non-traditional ways. One of the other major ideas incorporated in the work is that the very process of creating the sculpture is clearly revealed in the work itself. The maquette is cast into the sculpture in the lower left hand corner. In the lower right corner is the cast of the sculptor’s hand holding the sculpture tool. Throughout the background of the wall, I have rolled out the clay and pressed it with my fingers so that my fingerprints are all over the sculpture. I have not hidden how I have made the piece. In fact, the whole idea of the maquette is enlarged so that all the figures in the background look like a giant maquette." - Zenos Frudakis, Artist

Additional Information

We would like to have Freedom Sculptures worldwide; I may modify the background in accordance with different locations and themes. For sale of additional casts, contact Rosalie Frudakis at [email protected] or call Frudakis Studios, Inc. at 215-884-9433.

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