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  • Susan Williams

    Oh wow! This is awesome! "Freedom," a bronze public art sculpture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Sculptor Zenos Frudakis

  • Dianne Mower

    Freedom Sculpture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Zenos Frudakis. Beautifully inspiring!

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    freedom statue philadelphia - zenos frudakis

  • Tigerlili .

    "Freedom" by Zenos Frudakis. Zenos’ statement about his vision of the sculpture: "I wanted to create a sculpture almost anyone, regardless of their background, could look at and instantly recognize that it is about the idea of struggling to break free. This sculpture is about the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process. Although for me, this feeling sprang from a particular personal situation, I was conscious that it was a universal desire with almost everyone; that need to escape from some situation – be it an internal struggle or an adversarial circumstance, and to be free from it. The work metamorphosized, in the way that we do. Although there are four figures represented, the work is really one figure moving from left to right. The composition develops from left to right beginning with a kind of mummy/death like captive figure locked into its background. In the second frame, the figure, reminiscent of Michaelangelo’s Rebellious Slave, begins to stir and struggle to escape. The figure in the third frame has torn himself from the wall that held him captive and is stepping out, reaching for freedom. In the fourth frame, the figure is entirely free, victorious, arms outstretched, completely away from the wall and from the grave space he left behind. He evokes an escape from his own mortality. In working on the large scale sculpture, I was satisfied that those who drove by getting a quick look at it would see the big picture: that it was about escape. I was also concerned that those who worked in the building and who passed the sculpture frequently would have something more to see. There was a lot of empty space between the figures on the wall, which I saw as an opportunity to develop further ideas. It was important to me that the sculpture have more than one theme going on at once. One of the other major ideas incorporated in the work is that the very process of creating the sculpture is clearly revealed in the work itself. Like T.S. Eliot and other artists, I have put many personal elements in my work. I have hidden many things in the background for people who see the sculpture more than once to discover, such as a cast of coins – a nickel and two pennies, another nickel and two pennies, and two quarters and a penny. These represent not only the relationship between money and art, but the numerals 7-7-51, my birth date. It is important to me that the public interact with the sculpture, not just intellectually and emotionally but physically. I have created a space in which I have written “stand here” so that people can place themselves inside the sculpture and become part of the composition. In the end, this sculpture is a statement about the artist’s attempt to free himself from the constraints of mortality through a long lasting creative form."

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A escultura Freedom, do artista Zenos Frudakis, localizada na sede mundial da GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), na Filadélfia, Pensilvânia, é um hino à luta pela liberdade.

Philadelphia..miss the murals !

One beautiful mural of many in Philadelphia! Visit Philly and come see them all!

  • Chris W

    This is actually part of a guided mural tour . There is a number you can call posted at the base of the mural for information on the mural, so cool

  • RachelWrapFit

    I love out murals.

This is such a cool image of the city where I went to school. Philadelphia by albiedesigns on Etsy, $30.00

"Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia PA, the oldest existing street in the U.S." the above quote was on the pic when I repinned, so I don't know how true it is, when I visited here 30 years ago I was told it was the red light district back in the day!

Subway Sign Art Philadelphia Destination Typography by PaperBleu, $23.00

Walking through streets in Autumn and crunching leaves under foot is still one of my favorite things.

  • Shannon

    Me too such a great childhood memory that i still enjoy!

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