Materials: the artwork is hand-carved from a massive 3 kg lab-grown whole ruby, the metal work - gold plated bronze, metal skulls' eyes - rubies, basement - natural quartz.
Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 19 cm
Artwork origin: Peru
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"Fire Anthem" – a skull sculpture that emerges as the glorious climax of Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio's skull collection, the "Faces of Eternity" hand-carved by Surround Art Gallery's specific design requirements.
A 3 kg lab-grown, jewelry-quality whole ruby, meticulously carved into the most precious memento mori ever conceived. Why settle for the mundane when you can transform a precious gem into a symbol of existential pondering? Despite the risks that follow the sculptural carving of the jewelry quality whole ruby of that size, the Surround Art Gallery pulled out all the stops for this audacious feat, revealing the true potential of contemporary artistry – transforming valuable materials into objects of existential fascination.
The Fire Anthem is more than just a sculpture; it's a deep philosophical allegory of human existence. And let's reveal the symbolic meaning infused into this ruby creation. Fire, time, desire, speed, and eternity meld into one magnificent cranial representation. The flowing flame from the ruby reflects the burning eagerness for life's privileges, supremacy, and willingness to surpass the passage of time, gaining speed. And eternity? It is the answer for everything, yet staying remaining outside the race.
The Ruby Anthem is more than just an art piece; it's a social statement, a testament to excess, and a brave nod to today's culture. It's the embodiment of willingness to push boundaries to their limits. While some might question the sanity of creating such an extravagant artifact, there's no denying the sheer audacity and creativity behind this glittering gem embodiment.
So, if you find yourself in the presence of the Ruby Anthem, take a moment to contemplate the many facets of existence – the beauty, the brevity, and the bewildering uniqueness of human presence in this world.
FACES OF ETERNITY
Set of Skull Statues: "Faces of Eternity"
Artist: Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
Skulls: Seat of personality. Sign of poison. Mobile home for 100 billion brain cells. Skulls: Archetypes. Relics of revered ancestors. Symbols of secret societies. Calaveras. Skulls: Memento Mori. Battle trophies. Warnings. Black Magic. Faces of Eternity.
Few symbols have the universal recognition and the suggestive power of the Skull. Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio understands that rich history and thematic power. He understands, and he seeks to add his own commentary on this symbol of so many different things. He has done so through his whimsical take on the subject: The Faces of Eternity. "Faces" is a collection of skulls that are ... different. Carved from a variety of natural gemstones, the ensemble is a gentle thumb in the eye of the guy with the hand-operated lawnmower.
Although he is an engineer by profession, Luis is rooted in the traditions attached to the family art studio, where the production of beautiful articles provided the lure that engineering could not compete with. He, and his sister Sylvia, shares a passion for jewelry design and fabrication that expresses itself in hard-stone carvings and tableaus, usually centered on themes from nature. Luis imagined a collection of skulls more in line with modern culture and sensibilities: Skulls with attitude, Skulls with personality, Skulls that would wink ... if they had eyes.
Having thought up the concept, Luis spent several years gathering the rough for the carvings. This was not an easy task since the material needed to be: interesting, solid, and big enough to carve a skull out of. Following the materials acquisition part of the program, Luis immersed himself in the actual design and creation of the carvings, spending a year on the project. In general each skull required anywhere from one to three months to finish. Besides the actual stone working, there remained the design and creation of the accessory metalwork that accents and supports these sculptures. All metalwork is crafted in vermeil.
After the collection was completed, it went on tour, with exhibitions at: the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) world headquarters in Carlsbad, California; the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the "Gem Artists of North America" exhibit; and finally at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Illinois.
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