Atlas World Famous Sculpture

Atlas World Famous sculpture
Atlas: World Famous, 2006
Recycled steel,

75" H x 48" W x 12" D

Atlas: World Famous is the first large-scale sculpture I've made using antique steel to do collage. It's a lot of fun for me because it's a way to go back to my roots in the folk art/pop culture vernacular where I started my art career. The sculpture is 75" high x 48" wide x 12" deep, which means that Atlas himself is pretty much life-size. As you can see in the images below, the sculpture is two sided, with the image reversed on one side.

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Below is the image this sculpture is based on. It's one of my all-time faves… a couple years ago I did an Atlas mosaic in glass and bottle caps using the same image. The original is from the Mexican Loteria deck, a traditional game similar to Bingo. Teresa Villegas did a very cool updated version of the game which has now been published in in a handsome book. I highly recommend checking out her site devoted to the project, which provides a good deal of background on the game and images. You can also learn more by visiting this website from Boston University on the History of the Mexican Loteria Card Game.

El Mundo, Loteria Card

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