- Ballerina Clown
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Location: Venice, California
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.

Early Installation References (Click Photo For Enlargement)

Berkeley Museum, CA, 1985

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC 1985

LA Contemporary Museum, 1986

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, 1983

Whitney Museum, New York City, 1984


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