Sunday, February 22, 2009

Art & Sanity

Art is a Guarantee of Sanity is the title of this sculpture located in the atrium between the new Phoenix Convention Center and Symphony Hall. The sculpture is by renowned artist Louise Borgeois and is fashioned as a giant mirror reaching 90 feet and reflecting the interior of the atrium in its face. The title of the pieces is illuminated in red and reflected from the yoke of the mirror.

Ms. Borgeois moved the United States from France in 1938 and became a citizen in 1951. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1997, the nation’s highest arts honor. Her work can be seen in many museums and public places throughout the world.

The face of the mirror is composed of highly polished steel cut into a spider web pattern giving viewers a constantly changing look at themselves as they move through the atrium.


On February 19th, Lisa Wilson of Telluride Daily Photo, honored me with a Creative Bloggers Award. I very much appreciate the tribute for something I so thoroughly love doing. Working on this blog has made me see my city in a whole new way and has given me the opportunity to “virtually” meet so many talented and interesting people. Thank you Lisa.

8 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous photo and you're lucky to have a Louise Bourgeois!

JM said...

I would love to see this! It must be very well positioned. The name is just brilliant and the building looks great.

JM said...

Congratulations on your award, Sharon, you deserve it! :-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The addition of the new Convention Center has helped by including the renovation of Symphony Hall and the expansion of the lobby of Symphony Hall.

I should point out, however, that although Symphony Hall is called "Symphony Hall," the Phoenix Symphony is able to use the building for only 26 weeks of its 40-week season. The Symphony is grateful to the City fo Phoenix for providing the building, but the Symphony cannot earn the same revenue during the 14 weeks that it must play in smaller venues around the Valley because Symphony Hall is used for other purposes, such as the Opera and the Ballet.

(Sorry to get on my soap box to preach, but I am now serving my 5th consecutive 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Symphony, so I have a passion about such things.)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Sharon,
One more comment about Symphony Hall and the Phoenix Symphony: People in Arizona should come to a concert if they have not been to one lately. Under the dynamic Music Director, Michael Christie, the Phoenix Symphony has never sounded better. Concert attendance has never been higher, despite this bad economy.

The challenge is that private donations have decreased due to the economy, and the Symphony relies on donations for more than half of its revenue.

Jarart said...

Such an amazing sculpture. Congratulations on the award!

Lisa Wilson said...

That's so interesting! And you're welcome for the reward. You deserve it!

Jackie said...

Wow that's a really interesting looking sculpture- I'd love to see it.