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Quest Eternal

Artist:

Donald DeLue

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1967

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Prudential Center-Boston Properties inc.

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Twisted in a dramatic pose, this 27-foot tall male figure reaches toward the sky. The muscular nude brings to mind ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, as well as the work of Renaissance-era artists, who often looked to classical art to inspire their choice of subject matter and style. Here, the sculpture also fits in with the modern urban landscape and parallels the bold verticality of the neighboring Prudential Tower, completed three years before the sculpture’s installation. Despite the work’s enormous size and weight of five tons, it was cast in one piece at a foundry in Italy. In contrast, many large sculptures are cast in multiple parts and then welded together.

Due to upcoming construction at Prudential Center, the Quest Eternal sculpture has been removed and stored. Relocation plans for Quest Eternal are still in progress.

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