Description of the public art exhibit Wings of the City by Mexican artist Jorge Marin, currently on temporary display in Downtown Sacramento.
The exhibit Wings of the City by Jorge Marin opened in Downtown Sacramento on March 1, 2019. The bronze sculptures in the exhibit will remain on display through November, 2019. The sculptures range in size, with the largest up to four meters high and weighing more than a ton.
Several of the sculptures have been placed in a row on Capitol Mall between 8th and 9th Street. The other sculptures can be found on 11th Street between L and J Streets.
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According to the artist’s website the exhibit:
“…seeks to transform the life of public space and give voice to the community, using art as an awareness tool around the issue of migration. This intervention proposes universal allegories of man, through bodies in surprising equilibria capable of performing great feats, also with winged, dreamlike beings, who, in their anonymity, allow us to project ourselves through them and relate them with the feelings found on those who are forced to migrate.”
The sculptures were originally exhibited on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Other locations the sculptures have been exhibited include Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Singapore, Quebec, San Jose, Los Angeles, Madrid, Cairo, Kuwait, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Baku, Izmir, Ankara, and Abu Dhabi.
About Jorge Marin
Jorge Marin was born in Mexico in 1963. He studied graphic design at the National School of Plastic Arts in Mexico and art restoration at the National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museology.
In 2010, Jorge Marin received critical attention for the installation of Wings of the City. Marin installed disembodied wings throughout Mexico City, Dallas and Denver to encourage greater collaboration and respect between the United States and Mexico.
According to artnet, Jorge Marin is “best known for his depictions of mythical creatures, including centaurs and masked angels. He often works in oxidized bronze and mixed metals, giving his work an industrial aesthetic.”
The sculptor lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.
Comments on the Jorge Marin Wings of the City Exhibition?
I personally was very pleased to see Wings of the City exhibited in Sacramento – and I predict that many a selfie will be taken in front of the disembodied wings. What was your reaction to the exhibit? Do you have a favorite sculpture?
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