michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


COVID-20 (The New Public Art)


(The New Public Art)

COVID-20, (The New Public Art) is a series of large painted steel public art sculpture proposals inspired by the Corona virus molecule, and what may be coming in the future. The intent was not to create sculptures that anticipate the possible shape of future viruses based on the shape of the molecule, but rather to create never before seen menacing shapes that suggest a potential coming virus invasion of fantastic proportion. To support this idea, the sculptures are very large and colored a threatening red and silver.

I refer to these monumental sculptures as the new public art because they attempt to aesthetically deal with this very new phenomenon in a way that can only function as a new art form in light of today’s Covid-19 reality. It seems to me that it is very appropriate today to create monuments to phenomenon like Covid , which has changed our lives in so many ways, and has killed so many of us as well. These monumental sculptures do not intent to celebrate the virus, but rather to celebrate our awareness of it. 

None of the parts that make up the sculptures were preconceived, and they were also assembled without any anticipated final form. I have placed images of the sculptures into various landscapes in anticipation of their final installations.

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe, NM, US
Additional Credits: Title by Steve Diskin