On a gorgeous early New York City Spring day, I strolled by the United Nations and came across this arresting sculpture. Two giant shiny bronze balls, one contained within the other with the larger ripped apart leaving a large jagged edges.
At first glance it seemed like a cracked egg, albeit a round one with a newborn about to be hatched. But what does it really mean?
After a little quite a bit of digging online I found out that the work of art, called Sfera con sfera or Sphere within a Sphere was created by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, who was born near Pesaro and now lives and works in Milan. It was presented as a gift to the United Nations by Lamberto Dini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy and unveiled on November 21, 1996 in New York City.
The United Nations Sphere within a Sphere exhibit is not the only one. Pomodoro also created additional Spheres as part of a series spanning over 50 years.
Among the locations for his exhibits of the Spheres were the Vatican Museums, Trinity College, in Dublin, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of California, Berkeley, and Pesaro in Italy.
One of the few good overviews I found was Four Corners of the World by Brian Glanz on Flickr.
I guess like all good works of art, we can derive our own meaning. Since I saw it at the U.N. together with the large roundness of it, I saw a globe, or our world aging, changing and breaking wide open with a new and emerging one with all of it’s glorious imperfections demanding to be heard.
What does it mean to you?