Perfect for the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, this giant head made of things from the garden. Only this one is in the Dulwich Picture Gallery Gardens in London.
This one is in Atlanta. They have also been displayed in NYC and in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.
Any self-respecting art historian must stop in their tracks in seeing this. Great idea, but it has been done! Good thing the source is mentioned in his artist’s statement. Some are not. The image above shows Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th century paintings at the bottom, and Philip Haas’ huge sculptural copies in several locations in this country.
The following discussion is from Wikipedia:
“At a distance, his portraits looked like normal human portraits. However, individual objects in each portrait were actually overlapped together to make various anatomical shapes of a human. They were carefully constructed by his imagination. Besides, when he assembled objects in one portrait, he never used random objects. Each object was related by characterization. In the portrait now represented by several copies called The Librarian, Arcimboldo used objects that signified the book culture at that time, such as the curtain that created individual study rooms in a library. The animal tails, which became the beard of the portrait, were used as dusters. By using everyday objects, the portraits were decoration and still-life paintings at the same time. His works showed not only nature and human beings, but also how closely they were related.
After a portrait was released to the public, some scholars, who had a close relationship with the book culture at that time, argued that the portrait ridiculed their scholarship. In fact, Arcimboldo criticized rich people’s misbehavior and showed others what happened at that time through his art. In The Librarian, although the painting looked ridiculous, it criticized some wealthy people who collected books in order to own them, instead of to read them.“
So, nineteenth century painter Georges Seurat must have know about Arcimboldo’s work while creating his visual language of pointillism. What is important to note about both of these painters is that they, whether fruit or dots, disappear when viewed at a distance. That is the magic part. And even further with Arcimboldo’s work, there was “content” as discussed above with “The Librarian”.
Look at the precision in this portrait made with fish.
These are painted images, not constructed. They represent a whole different ball game than simply pulling three dimensional masses together.
Now this is just another kind of clever.