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Social Invertebrates​​​

 

 

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​ARTIST:  Tom Otterness

DATE:  2008

LOCATION:  Phoenix Convention Center North Building

TYPE:  Sculpture

MATERIALS: Bronze

BUDGET:  Included in overall Convention Center Art Budget of $3.2 Million (10 works of art)

DISTRICT: 7

ZIP CODE:  85004​​

New York-based sculptor Tom Otterness’s Social Invertebrates are three polished bronze desertdwelling insects, enlarged to human scale and executed in Otterness' signature animation-esque style with Lilliputian characters swarming over them. A mega-sized, shoe-wearing millipede with two tiny men unloading coins from its rear end, vies for attention with an equally enormous scorpion in a top hat that’s crawling with little guys engaged in all sorts of antics and a walking stick insect sporting high heels.


 


Tom Otterness is American sculptor and public artist whose style references the playfulness of cheerful cartoons but tends to carry realism and underlying meaning. The main theme of this work is the struggle of the common man against the realities of life in difficult and strange urban environment. In 2005, Otterness’ largest exhibition, “Tom Otterness on Broadway”, was installed in New York. The project was sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department, the Broadway Mall Association and Marlborough Gallery. Otterness’ artworks have been exhibited across the United States and around the world, including New York City, Indianapolis, Beverly Hills, The Hague, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Venice.​