Miss Liberty Chopped Up and Found All Over NYC

It may sound absurd but it’s true. Pieces of the Miss Liberty’s body can be found scattered across two boroughs in NYC. But don’t worry! This is only a replica of the Statue of Liberty as the original one still stands untouched on its very Liberty Island since given as a gift by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in 1886.

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Creator of ‘We the people’ collection, Vietnamese artist Danh Vo spent the last four years recreating the statue in 250 full-scale individual pieces. “I wanted to do something that everyone had a relationship to, and make it a bit unfamiliar. It’s kind of like creating a Frankenstein that gets its own life”, says Vo.

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Using the same fabrication techniques and copper material as the original Lady Liberty, the artwork was “conceived in Germany, fabricated in Shanghai, supported by his French gallery, collections and art institutions worldwide, and dispersed to exhibition venues in more than 15 countries”, explains Vo.

danh vo places full-scale deconstructed statue of liberty around NYC

“When Bartholdi created the Statue of Liberty…he created an image and a political agenda,” adds Vo. “What I’m doing with it is a shift of scale and shift of meaning.” He added that his work “is more a project that should evoke discussion in the place that it is exhibited. And we’ll have to wait to see what that will be”.

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

In collaboration with Public Art Fund 53 colossal fragments of Liberty can be found at Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park until December 5th 2014. ‘We the people’ collection presents nearly a fifth of Vo’s project and comprises body parts of the Miss Liberty such as the statue’s right sleeve, the one that covers her right bearing arm, the ear of the statue placed beneath the cornerstone of the historic building, and links of the chain found at the feet.

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“When you’re looking at a massive piece of copper that you have a very intimate relationship [with] right in front of you,” says Andira Hickey, the Public Art Fund’s associate curator, “and see it completely transformed into a full figure that you can recognize in the distance, it’s such an evocative metaphor for the multitude of perspectives you can have of an icon like that.”

If you are not a private collector this is a great opportunity to come very close to Miss Liberty and experience the magnificence of the statue. And if you look carefully enough you might be able to recognize the dismantled pieces of the Statue of Liberty as you know.

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danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

danh vo deconstructs statue of liberty in NYC for we the people

For Our Brazilian Readers: A Opinião de Uma Brasileira Sobre a Legalização do Grafite nas Ruas das Cidades do Brasil

No Brasil pichar costumava ser considerado ilegal. Não visto como uma forma de expressão artística, o grafite foi banido de todos os espaços públicos, enquanto os “grafiteiros” arriscavam suas vidas no meio de paredes de escalada noite e cercas, a fim de deixar a sua marca. A questão é que o grafiteiro apenas “quer colocar o seu nome na parede, para ser famoso, e é um vandalista, mas o artista [de rua] está interessado em estética e comunidade”, diz o artista de rua do Rio de Janeiro, Smael Vagner.

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Pichação e grafite são dois estilos distintos de arte de rua no Brasil. E tem sido uma longa jornada para estes artistas de rua para convencer a população, a cidade ea nação de que o seu trabalho é arte, algo que deve ser apreciado e valorizado.

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Grafite ou arte de rua aumentou tanto em popularidade e começou a receber grande atenção dos artistas de rua de todo o mundo, que em março de 2009, o governo brasileiro aprovou uma lei que torna arte de rua e o grafite legal, uma vez que feito com o consentimento dos proprietários de edifícios.

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É um grande passo para o reconhecimento, valorização, reflexo do cenário em evolução na arte de rua brasileira, um movimento emergente e divergente no cenário mundial de arte de rua. Mais do que isso, o grafite no Brasil está sendo usado agora para proteger as fachadas de estabelecimentos da pichação. Curiosamente, uma espécie de código de ética no mundo grafite parece existir entre pichadores e artistas de rua; um pichador que imprime suas marcas em cima da outra arte de rua está insultando o artista de rua, o que é visto como uma “silenciosa”  quebra de código. Situação esta que poderia até colocar em risco em uma rivalidade perigosa entre os dois, algo que a cidade, o povo e a nação não querem  ver: mais violência.

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No Rio de Janeiro, grafite está em toda parte. Ele existe em todos os cantos da cidade, das favelas aos bairros de classe alta, de uso residencial, comercial para institucional. É ousado em escala e estética e é tudo menos grafite. Mas a arte do grafite não é apenas uma escolha estética, mas uma escolha econômica; pintar uma fachada com a arte pode ser mais barato do que um outro modo de embelezamento.

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Pessoalmente, acho que grafite traz mais que decoração para um bairro, dá seu povo e sua comunidade um toque de personalização, traz as pessoas para mais perto uns dos outros e para a própria comunidade, revigora o local, sinaliza ladrões e vandalistas que a comunidade se preocupa com seu povo e que não é um lugar para eles, oferece aos cidadãos a oportunidade de expressar a sua opinião através da expressão da arte e os jovens a ter uma nova perspectiva na vida. Assim, a arte de rua tem um papel social fundamental no Brasil, e em muitos outros países. E eu realmente espero rua movimento de arte nunca pare, continue progredindo e melhorando até o dia emq ue as pessoas, comunidades, cidades, estados e nação estiverem todos juntos apoiando um ambiente no qual ele pode prosperar.

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A Brazilian’s Take on Legalizing Graffiti In Urban Streets of Brazil

In Brazil graffiti used to be considered illegal. Not seen as a form of artistic expression, graffiti was banned from all public spaces, while the “grafiteiros” (taggers) risked their lives in the middle of the night climbing walls and fences in order to leave their mark. The issue is that the grafiteiro just “wants to put his name on the wall, to be famous, and is a vandalist, but the [street] artist is interested in aesthetics and community”, says Rio street artist Smael Vagner.

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Pichação (tagging) and grafite (graffiti) are two distinctive street art styles in Brazil. And it’s been a long journey for these street artists to convince the population, the city and the nation that their work is art, something that should be appreciated and valued.

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Graffiti or street art increased so much in popularity and started getting large attention of street artists from around the world, that in March 2009, the Brazilian government passed a law making street art and graffiti legal, if done with the consent of building owners.

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It is a huge step towards recognition, appreciation, reflection of the evolving landscape in Brazilian street art, an emerging and divergent movement in the global street art landscape. More than that, graffiti in Brazil is being used now to protect façades from pichação. Interestingly, some kind of ethic code in the graffiti world seems to exist between taggers and street artists; a tagger who imprints his marks on top of another street art is ultimately insulting the street artist, which is seen as breaking a “silent” code. It could even endanger in a dangerous rivalry between the two of them, something that the city, the people and the nation do not want to see: more violence.

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In Rio de Janeiro, graffiti is everywhere. It exists in all corners of the city, from the favelas to upper class neighborhoods, from residential, commercial to institutional. It is bold in scale and aesthetics and is anything but graffiti. But graffiti art is not only an aesthetic choice, but an economic choice; painting a façade with art may be cheaper than another mode of beautification.

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Personally, I think grafite brings more than decoration to a neighborhood, gives its people and its community a more personal feeling, brings the people closer to each other and to the community itself, refreshes the site, signals thieves and vandalists that the community cares about its people and that is not a place for them, offers citizens the opportunity to voice their opinion by art expression and young people to have a new perspective in life. Hence, street art has a crucial societal role in Brazil, and in many other countries. And I really hope street art movement never stops, keeps progressing and improving till the day people, communities, cities, states and nation are all together supporting an environment in which it can prosper.

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