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Good Morning Everyone,

I don't remember ever having seen this on TE so it was a surprise when I came across it in the garden of the Vatican Museum.

Please look at it on the Beta site here . You may find it even more revealing!

The sculpture is called a 'Sphere Within a Sphere' by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. He is known to construct enormous spheres with layers of complexities. This one, of his monumental orbs, stands tall as the centerpiece of the Courtyard of the Pinecone at the Vatican Museum. The structure is a bronze statue that appears golden as the sun shines down on it. It is 4 meters (a little over 13 feet) in diameter.

The Milan-based artist began his series of spheres in the 60s with Sphere no. 1 and has continued designing the globe-like pieces, each depicting a different map of destruction. Each tremendous ball is fractured, revealing an intricate interior that unveils yet another cracking orb. The design of the internal layers seem to mimicking the gears of a clock or the inner workings of a grand piano, making it appear very complicated.

Because of the sculptural installations round shape, it also echoes the form of Earth. It isnt absolutely clear what the artists intentions are, but it gives off the impression that it is reflecting the complexity of our world and how easily it can be torn apart. - My Modern Met

I had no trouble including figures with the sculpture as it was like a magnet to tourists! I will show another view of it, a little further away, as a workshop.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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