Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge by Henry Spencer Moore

This prolific sculptor made work in wood, stone, and bronze. As a student in London, Henry Moore absorbed the influences around him, both the work of his contemporaries and the pre-Columbian and ancient art in the British Museum. It is easy to see a connection between Large Standing Figure and ancient art. This sculpture is displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge by Henry Spencer Moore

Wind Sculpture II by Yinka Shonibare

Known for his figurative sculptures that use Dutch wax cloth (popular throughout Africa) to explore cultural identity, Yinka Shonibare here, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, transforms a wisp of the same fabric into a playfully monumental sculpture that captures the wind like a giant sail.

Wind Sculpture II by Yinka Shonibare

Partial View of Installation 1-183 by Daniel Johnston

This extended line of 183 ceramic columns, created by Daniel Johnston, plays against the topography of the landscape. Ranging in height from several inches to several feet, the tops of the pillars form a level line to highlight the dips and rises of the rolling hillside at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Partial View of Installation 1-183

Askew by Roxy Paine

Askew, at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, is part of a series of works that Roxy Paine describes as “dendroids,” treelike forms with elaborate branching structures. His sculptures are inspired by real trees but never truthful depictions of actual species. The stainless steel surfaces of the work change dramatically with the light.

Askew by Roxy Paine

Crossroads/Trickster 1 by Martha Jackson-Jarvis

Placed at the threshold between the field and forest at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Crossroads/Trickster I marks a transitional point from public to private, manmade to natural, open to enclosed. The sculpture by Martha Jackson-Jarvis combines brightly colored Italian glass tiles, carnelian stones, and shattered bricks (recycled from the Polk youth correctional facility, located on this property from 1920 to 1997).

Crossroads/Trickster 1 by Martha Jackson-Jarvis

NC Museum of Art – Museum Park

The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh has significant public art installations by international artists. We will show images of some of the art pieces.

NCMA Museum Park

The soft curves and bulges of Large Spindle Piece reflect Henry Moore’s abiding interest in organic form, yet its pointed projections—echoing machine parts—demonstrate that he was not unaffected by modern technology.

Large Spindle Piece by Henry Spencer Moore

Nataraja

Nataraja is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the divine dancer. The sculpture is symbolic of Shiva as the lord of dance and dramatic arts, with its style and proportions made according to Hindu texts on arts.

The dwarf (not a baby) under Nataraja’s feet is Apasmāra, which represents ‘tamas’; ignorance and nonsensical speech. Since then Lord Shiva is also known as ‘Hara’, which means destroyer of ‘Tamas’.

A statue of Nataraja at Shilparamam, Hyderabad …..

Nataraja

A Multi-faced Ganesha

Heramba Ganapati at Shilparamam, Hyderabad. The elephant-headed Ganesha, remover of obstacles and god of good fortune, is one of the most beloved of Hindu gods. Also known as Ganapati, he is invoked before the start of any action or endeavor.
In Tantric tradition there are as many as thirty-two manifestations of Ganesha, each with its own name and iconography. One of the most popular of these is Heramba Ganapati, who has five heads and ten arms. A beautiful wood piece, intricately carved, of this form is shown below.

A Multi-faced Ganesha

Heramba Ganesh