September 1, 2012

Gimse “Five Sculpture” Installed

By Dave Machacek

Mac Gimse’s contribution to the ArtOrg “Five Sculpture” project was installed on September 1, 2012 as a part of the St. Olaf College “Artists On The Hill” exhibition. This is the fourth public installation of works from this project, and was preceded by installations at the Lampe Law Group plinth of works from Sharol Nau, Juan Jose Palacios, and Ed White. Unfortunately the plinth at Lampe was removed recently due to some extensive and expensive building repairs, so other venues are now being used to exhibit the remaining works. There is a short video that shows the sculpture’s trip from Switzer’s Nursery and Landscaping to the front of the Dittman Center at St. Olaf, and it is appropriately titled “Flight of the Sculpture, Part Four”.

Mac’s Sculpture will be on display at St. Olaf until at least the end of the exhibit on Friday October 12. The title of the sculpture is called “Winged Victory” and Mac writes: “The Greek Goddess Nike tis Samothraki rescued people facing certain defeat by turning the course of battle in their favor. This contemporary abstract sculpture honors Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who were killed, tortured/raped or imprisoned for their causes. Also on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011, during a protest in Cairo, the Egyptian militia dragged and beat a woman, revealing her BLUE BRA, which sparked a worldwide women’s revolt against tyranny.”

Mac’s poetry continues:

“You Begin Me Wind”

You begin me wind…
the trees mime your gallop
as you race across the crouching hillside,
gathering into great thunderheads of power
to send lightning-grabs of pent-up torrents crashing
down into the chaos of my unsuspecting world,
to penetrate my secret space and
violate my sacred chamber
…without my permission.

“This activity is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.” Thanks, Minnesota!

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