Jonathan Borofsky

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Ballerina Clown, 9 meters tall, aluminum, steel, painted fiberglass, electric motor
Permanent installation, Venice, California, 2008

"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 might push 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."
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