King Solomon - Philadelphia, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ODragon
N 39° 57.181 W 075° 11.686
18S E 483363 N 4422560
An abstract monarch.
Waymark Code: WM4YXY
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/15/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member riston2
Views: 27

The influential Cubist sculptor Alexander Archipenko did not normally work on a monumental scale. But shortly before his death in 1964 he completed a 4-foot King Solomon that was designed for enlargement. Instructions were left with his widow, who supervised the casting of a 14.5-foot, 1.5-ton version in 1968. In 1985 this majestic bronze came to the University of Pennsylvania campus on extended loan from Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Loria, the parents of a Penn student. Mixing hard angles with hollow curved spaces, King Solomon clearly recalls Archipenko's Cubist origins. The sculpture suggests a figure of the Old Testament monarch dressed in a robe, posed in a forceful stance with one foot forward.
Title: King Solomon

Artist: Alexander Archipenko

Media (materials) used: Bronze

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): On 36th street off Walnut street.

Date of creation or placement: 1985

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