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  • 67-BAC 1X1-Human Element
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Human Element

Artist:

Gerald M. Sherman

Location:

New Sudbury St. and Cambridge St.  

Location

New Sudbury St. and Cambridge St.
United States
42° 21' 41.1336" N, 71° 3' 39.4272" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

Unknown

Medium:

Marble

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

As its title indicates, this semi-abstract sculpture hints at the human form. The large piece of marble evokes the form of a reclining, twisted torso, although the precise anatomical parts are hard to make out and the body incomplete. In its medium and its subject, Human Element recalls ancient Greek and Roman figurative sculptures, which were also carved from large blocks of marble. Many of these sculptures have been damaged over the centuries and are missing extremities. For this work by contemporary artist Gerald S. Sherman, the figure’s lack of arms, legs, or a head results in a clean, graceful design that brings out the natural beauty of the marble. Human Element was funded by a 1% for Art program, which encouraged developers of new buildings to devote at least 1% of the construction budget to art.

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