The Eye: Photographer flags favorite sculpture

Today’s artwork chosen by
Stefan Patashvili
AGE:
28
OCCUPATION: Marketing manager, photographer
NEIGHBORHOOD: Twin Peaks

THE PIECE OF ARTWORK I LOVE: “Cupid’s Span” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Embarcadero (2003)

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PIECE? This bow and arrow is hard to miss as you are strolling down the Embarcadero. Initially amused by the size, I was intrigued by the tension and unreleased energy, the arrow piercing the ground while propelling the bow and the string back. It creates a feeling of excitement about the imminent kinetic energy burst that is infectious and stays in one’s mind.

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER IT? I have passed by this bow and arrow multiple times while walking and driving down the Embracadero, thinking ‘Whoa, what a great idea! I wish I would have thought of something like that.’ What a great sense of accomplishment the artist must feel seeing such a project come to life from sketch to design to reality.

WHAT STANDS OUT MOST TO YOU ABOUT IT? Maybe some giant boy was playing with this bow and arrow and just left it there on a green hill, while his giant mommy was calling him home for dinner. Maybe the bow and arrow symbolizes everyone’s potential, waiting for the right conditions to be released.

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