Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MATILDE ON HER WAY TO THE MARKET

A Curious Public Sculpture


I have driven past this sculpture that stands in front of the Walla Walla Public Library hundreds of times but have never taken the time to stop and take a close-up look. 
Mea culpa! Look what I've been missing!


“Matilde” by native Colombian artist Nano Lopez is a colorful and festive bronze sculpture of a cow carrying local produce to market. But this is no ordinary cow! The abundant use of surface texture turns a close examination into a scavenger hunt for numbers, letters, shapes and other natural and man-made motifs that all vie for the viewer's attention.


 A knob-topped round vessel. . .


. . .dotted hindquarters . . .


 . . .machine gears . . .


. . .  and old computer parts . . .


. . . a frog . . .


 . . .a native Colombian bird . . .


. . .and a green lizard in the see-through belly. . .

I wonder what they all mean?

To see the artist and hear what he says about his sculpture, click here.