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Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz : Man is a thinking reed No3
Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz
Man is a thinking reed No3
J. P., September 30, 2013
Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz_Sculpture_Pierre Bélanger
Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz_Sculpture_Pierre Bélanger
 
Set some 20 meters from the metro station entrance, this stainless steel threadlike piece, culminating at more than 40 feet, beams like a lighthouse. Its name? "L'Homme est un roseau pensant no.3" inspired from the citation of Blaise Pascal. His references? By its supple sail figure, it commemorates the river bed that once flowed through the station's ground; by its kinship to "L'Oiseau" by sculptor Brancusi, it evokes the grace of herons and other cranes that silently wade in the marshes. The proposed sculpture engages itself in a dialogue with the building and more largely with the “architectonie” of the place, which it seeks to embrace on the formal level as well as on the symbolic one.

Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz_Sculpture_Pierre Bélanger
Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz_Sculpture_Pierre Bélanger
 
First, on the formal level: with it’s general horizontality - complex but dominant – the building answers in counterpoint - with the consequences symbolic systems which we’ll underline below – to the general verticality of the sculpture; more concretely, the trapezoidal roof shape is compressed and tilted vertically to draw up the essential form of the sculpture; the tilted plan of the building roof, having very subtly introduced into the orthogonal rate/rhythm of the architectural “whole” some oblique lines, those are repeated in the trapezoidal part of the sculpture, segmented and geared down in a series of rhythmic signs in filigree; finally, the axial body of the sculpture marry itself with the wood walk curve, thus bringing into focus the idea of movement and it’s intrinsic sensuality.

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