The Alhambra "The Red One" is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls.
Bill Woodrow is one of the leading contemporary British sculptors. He often addresses issues of humor and irony with his work. In his early pieces, he combined found objects to create new meaning. In Listening to History, the placement of the head on the ground with the book tied against it and blinding the eyes suggests many possible narrative meanings: learning from history, being blind to history, open/closed mindedness, and so on. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI.
The American Horse was created by animal sculptor, Nina Akamu. The work was inspired, in part, by a work created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan in the late 15th century. The project was championed by Fred Meijer in the late 1990's, resulting in two casts of the 24-foot monument—one for Meijer Gardens and one for the city of Milan, Italy. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI
Together with Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine helped define the Pop Art movement, which transformed the art world with the use of imagery from popular culture. The form of the heart has been a part of Dine’s artistic vocabulary since the mid 1960s and it has appeared prominently in his paintings, drawings and prints as well as in his sculpture, Large Parrot Screams Color. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI.
A desert rose is a naturally occurring stone formation and the inspiration for this piece. Italian-born Arnaldo Pomodoro began his career creating theater sets, costumes, and jewelry before turning to large scale sculpture. Disk in the Form of a Desert Rose reveals the interior as well as the exterior components of polished forms. The meticulous concern for detail, in both form and casting, are hallmark to the artist. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI.
Sophie Ryder is a figurative artist who focuses on animal imagery, in particular hares, dogs, and minotaurs, to comment on universal human emotions and relationships. She creates drawings, bronze sculptures, collages and prints, but is best known for her wire drawings and sculptures. This piece Introspective was created in response to the tragedy of 9/11 and the way in which many mourn. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI.
Ai Weiwei, driven by concepts that frequently explore human rights, freedom of speech, and an examination of culture, he has become a voice in Contemporary art. Iron Tree is stands at more than 22 ft tall, and measuring more than 22 ft wide, it is composed of 99 individual, solid cast pieces from tree elements from southern China. A metaphor for cultures and communities of widespread diversity brought together as a social whole. Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI.