Height: 30 Feet
The Ballerina Clown
was fabricated in 1989 out of aluminum, steel, fiberglass and an
electric motor that activates the extended kicking leg. This 30-foot
tall sculpture was placed high up on a building near Venice Beach in
Venice, California. Of course, the Venice Boardwalk is full of all kinds
of people in all sorts of outfits and the atmosphere is very festive
with many live street performances taking place, especially on weekends.
This sculpture is an accommodation or resolution of opposites in one.
Not only does this image bring the male and female together into one
figure, but also, two opposite types of performers are represented: the
formal classical ballet dancer and the traditional street performer. Of
course, this public sculpture pushes the envelope in "taste", but if you
have ever walked the Venice Boardwalk on a Sunday afternoon, you might
understand why this figure is right at home.