michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US

A conceptual sculpture.
A conceptual sculpture.
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The Shrine

The Shrine is a conceptual sculpture inspired by scientific visualization graphics normally used to describe various aspects of science and technology. In this case, the sculpture is based on 3D radar reflectivity diagrams that are used to depict various weather phenomena like thunderstorms. In place of a thundercloud, a statue of the Virgin Mary is used. Large blue arrows that are supported by a surrounding grid frame symbolize high winds (or some other strong energy source) swirling around the statue. Orange spheres cover the lower portion of the grid and suggest some kind of a surreal landscape. Conceptually the statue (like the thundercloud) is associated with a great deal power even to those who are not religious. It seems fitting therefore to exchange one with the other and allow the symbolism of the other elements to interact in a way that might suggest unique interpretations in the minds of each who encounter the sculpture.

The entire sculpture is made of painted steel and fiberglass.

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe, NM, US