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Old 12-15-2007, 11:13 AM
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Alphabet Figure Sculpture Sold for $1.5 m

Click into the link to see a picture interesting sculpture with a cool $1.5 m price tag. I'll post better pictures in the next post.

$1.5 million sculpture finds home at Gateway

DesMoinesRegister, LA. Dec 15, 2007.

Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Pappajohn has purchased a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as the signature piece for the sculpture garden Pappajohn wants to create in Des Moines' downtown Gateway Park.

The piece, titled "Nomade," is being shipped to Iowa from Florida, where it appeared earlier this month in Art Basel Miami Beach, an international art show.

Pappajohn purchased the sculpture shortly before the show opened for a reported $1.5 million. ...

The sculpture is made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters that are painted white and welded in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest with arms around the knees. The artist has said the shape was based on a position that his son sometimes assumes.

"It will be so interactive with people," said City Councilwoman Chris Hensley. "You can go in and walk around inside the sculpture and sit inside it. The lighting will make it spectacular at night."

"It has a very unusual feel at night" said Chicago art dealer Paul Gray, who handled the sale to Pappajohn.

Nomade is lighted from the ground inside the sculpture, Gray said, causing the inside of the letters to reflect the white enamel paint and the outside to take on a ghostly, dark presence.

The 52-year-old Plensa has used letters and text to create art for much of his career, Gray said. ...

Plensa is best known in the United States for creating the Crown Fountain that is the centerpiece of Chicago's $17.5 million Millennium Park that was completed in 2004, Gray said. ...

Last February, Pappajohn and his wife, Mary, announced plans to donate as many as 16 pieces of sculpture valued at as much as $30 million from their private collection to create a sculpture park in the portion of Gateway Park located between 12th and 15th streets. ...
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Re: Alphabet Figure Sculpture Sold for $1.5 m

Here are good pictures of this unusual sculpture. The picture in the linked article shows people standing there to help visualise the size.

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Old 12-16-2007, 12:48 AM
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Re: Alphabet Figure Sculpture Sold for $1.5 m

Thanks for the info and pictures! I am impressed. And I wonder what...or where did He get all the stainless? it must be thousands of dollars worth. Is it prefabbed for him? even if it is that is quite impressive to complete a large piece like that withstriking imagery. do you think he built an armiture of some sort to frame it while building? and then remove the structure on the inside?
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Re: Alphabet Figure Sculpture Sold for $1.5 m

It's a pity he can't spell. Otherwise, it does get you thinking.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:43 AM
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Re: Alphabet Figure Sculpture Sold for $1.5 m

What is thousands of dollars for the steel if he can sell it for $1.5 m.

With regard to the stainless steel alphabets, my guess is that he had them cut from steel plates, perhaps by CNC laser. Each letter is probably 2 ft tall, and the steel plate 1 in thick.

I also think he may use an internal formwork to build up the surface of the hollow sculpture shape by welding. This formwork is then removed afterwards.
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