‘Mann’ by Stephen Balkenhol (1998)
at Borås International Sculpture Biennal 2012
The artist, Stephen Balkenhol, was born in Germany 1957.
“He uses large blocks of timber to chisel out true-to-life men, women and animals, using a chainsaw and hammer. Balkenhol counters the classical ideal of elevated beauty. --- [His aim is] to break down the monumental aspect of figurative statues by placing the most ordinary men and women on pedestals – places that have normally been reserved for heroes and heroines.”
Reading this, I’m reminded of Psalm 8 in the Bible:
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet
Psalm 8 (King James verison)
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