Miami Dade College’s North Campus to Unveil David Sculpture Created by dEmo and Dressed by Missoni Nov. 2
Miami, October 23, 2012 -
Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will unveil Classic Movement, a sculpture in the likeness of Michelangelo’s emblematic David, created by Eladio de Mora (known as dEmo) and dressed by the famous fashion house Missoni, at 11 a.m., Friday, November 2, at the North Campus’ Miami International Sculpture Park, where it will remain until April 30, 2013.
“This installation is a contribution to the renaissance of the arts at MDC’s North Campus, where a new gallery was built five years ago and the Miami International Sculpture Park was inaugurated with world-renowned art donations. It is one of the largest parks of its kind in the state of Florida and currently features 69 works of art, including another dEmo sculpture, Niños, a tribute to Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president of the North Campus.
The David arrives in Miami after having spent all summer on a New York street, where it was admired by thousands of people who visited the famous city from all over the world.
The approximately 17-foot-tall sculpture has the same dimensions as Michelangelo’s original and is made of fiberglass, steel, polyester and resins. The project came to life in 2010, when the piece was created for Vogue Fashion Night Out (VFNO) in Madrid.
“The work attempts to honor a master of classicism such as Michelangelo and bring together the David, his universal symbol of perfect beauty, and a contemporary fashion symbol: the Missoni line,” said dEmo.
“Once again, Miami Dade College is at the vanguard, giving our students and the South Florida community the opportunity to have international exposure when it comes to art and fashion,” added Vicente.
Both dEmo and world-renowned designer Luca Missoni will attend the public unveiling of the sculpture.
The work of dEmo (Toledo, 1960), which employs figurative language, pop art or expressionism, reinterprets everyday elements and rescues objects or images often linked to childhood. The artist provides these perfectly recognizable elements with great color, schematic and naive shapes, and new dimensions and scales that radically transform and decontextualize them, which induces a feeling of astonishment, enjoyment and curiosity in the spectator.
Bears, ducks, divers, rhinoceroses, cows, flowerpots, robots and even meninas (maids of honour) live in the visual world of dEmo, whose highest aspiration is to expose this universe for the enjoyment of the community. “My intention,” the artist explains, “is to seduce the public with humor, keeping in mind that the sculpture is not an object, but rather an unanswered question and an opportunity to stimulate thought.”
The sculptures of dEmo have been exhibited in a number of museums and cultural centers in Spain and internationally, and they can be found in public places in many cities. He’s very fond of large-scale artwork and of exhibiting it in public places, since, according to him, “no matter where on the planet they’re from, people always respond positively to art, and it should not just be found in museums.”
The installation of his characteristic bears in the Venice Biennale, IFEMA or the Palace Hotel in Madrid, of divers in IVAM or of gigantic ducks in emblematic fountains such as Cibeles and Neptune in Madrid’s La Noche en Blanco, are some of his most prominently displayed. Miami, Johannesburg, New York, Vienna and Tokyo are among the cities that have admired the work of this artist, who is currently preparing a great exhibit in Place Vendôme in Paris, where he will present a rooster exhibit that will remind the French of their national symbol, Le Coq Gaulois.
Classic Movement sculpture unveiling
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
- WHERE: MDC North Campus
11380 NW 27 Ave.
Miami International Sculpture Park
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