For The Public House of Art Kvesitadze has created a re-imagining of ‘Atlas’, an earlier over-life sized moving sculpture, now constructed in a smaller size. A figure firmly seated on the ground looks up into the sky, and as slowly and calmly as breath begins to separate into disks as he stretches up into the air, as if to reach for eternal enlightenment. As he extends his body a light shines through from within, blood red, that represents the devil within us all that we face everyday. The battle is constant and will last till the end, but so will our endurance and will to overcome our nature and reach a higher plane of being. As ‘Atlas’ quietly and endlessly moves up to the sky and down again to Earth, a mingling of the forces of good and evil always stay in balance together, because within one must always reside the other, only then are we whole.
About the artist
Tamara Kvesitadze (1968) is a Georgian architect, sculptor, and painter. Her established practise has set her as one of the most famous Georgian artists in the world, and her most recognised and celebrated work is ‘Ali & Nino’. An 8 metre high moving steel sculpture of a man and woman who quietly pass through each other every day, pausing momentarily for an embrace before separating again on the seaside resort of Batumi, in Georgia. Kvesitadze has had the honour of representing her country at the 2011 54th Venice Biennale, where her kinetic sculptures instantly heralded her as an artist of high note by critics and the public alike.
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