By Cammy Blount
Every 3 years, the Taurus sculpture on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley must be repainted in order to maintain it's fresh, glossy appearance . This year, painter Brian Hayden, a local sculpture conservator visited Florissant Valley in order apply black wax to the statue.
|Photo By Bregt Bogaerts|
Created in March of 1999 by the European artist Tony Cragg, the Taurus was sculpted from sandstone in Wuppertal, Germany and cast in bronze at the foundry in Dusseldorf, Germany. The piece was then transported to the Gateway Foundation of Saint Louis and then loaned to Florissant Valley.
The Taurus was created as part of a series called the Early Forms, which all display characteristics of transformation and consumption of space. These vessels of art all represent the means in which we view culture and other cultures around us.
"Vessels are a strong metaphor for the body and organisms of the natural world", says Cragg.
|Photo by Cammy Blount|