Seward Johnson’s ‘Awakening’ in EUR
It’s always nice when people let me know about cool and interesting things in town that would be good to photograph, so I happily went to EUR this weekend after Omino71 let me know there was a giant sculpture set up in Piazza Marconi. He was definitely not kidding about the size of the scultpure….it was enormous! As I approached the square, the first thing I saw was a huge silver arm and hand reaching into the sky. I then saw the face, other hand, thigh, and foot all sticking out. Really incredible I thought, just like a giant colossus rising from the ground. Even more interesting because Piazzale Marconi is a huge rotary so the traffic swirled continuously around the sculpture. I wonder how stunned first time viewers of it were when they whizzed by in their cars.
I was not the only photographer that day. In the 30 minutes I was there I saw two other photographers with more professional looking cameras, as well as about four or five people shooting photos with their mobile phones. I looked at the sign on the edge of the grassy patch where the sculpture was buried and it read Seward Johnson, “Awakening.” I looked him up when I got home and his story is quite interesting, so I suggest you click the link and read up on him. It was also interesting to learn that this sculpture was created in 1980 and was located just outside of Washington DC for over 28 years. The thing I’m still not clear on is if this is a copy of the 70 foot statue or the original that has been flown over for installation. I found out via the blog Lazio Segreto, which also has a video of the installation, that it should be there for about two months, so head over while you can.
I love the top photo and how it looks like the giant’s hand is about to crush the buildings in EUR. I love the second for the contrast with the obelisk, which was built in 1959 and celebrates the life of Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor known for his work with radios.