February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

Vibrant Art in Motion

"Original Sin" by Camilla Ancilotto

The most prolific site of public art in Downtown Miami, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus houses an impressive array of large-scale sculptures by notable artists. This season, in addition to its permanent collection, it is home to Original Sin, a vibrantly hued, kinetic sculpture by Italian artist Camilla Ancilotto that draws on imagery past and present.

On loan from Galleria Ca d’Oro, the work is made up of geometric parts that each rotate. On one side, the shapes collectively reproduce Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel panel The Expulsion From Paradise, as well as details from works by Renaissance masters Bronzino and Titian, while other parts make contemporary references to James Cameron’s Avatar and President Obama. The sculpture’s interactive nature draws students, faculty and visitors to reconfigure and redefine it with every touch.

— MR

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