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"Umbrella" Brooch (4.7x3.5)

"My umbrellas overhear the universe," artist George Zongolopoulos had explained when asked about his trademark motif, the umbrella.

Zongolopoulos used the umbrellas for the first time as a motif in his work in 1986, probably following an idea of his wife, Eleni Zongolopoulou, whose works display umbrellas at least a decade earlier.

In 1993 he created a hydro-electric sculpture called "Umbrellas", which was exhibited with great success at the Venice Biennial and was finally installed, following a competition, in the EU Council Building in Brussels. A similar project of smaller dimensions adorns the entrance of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

In 1995, the Venice Biennial hosted a different, static installation called "Umbrellas", a sculpture mounted on a floating platform at the entrance of the exhibition. Two years later, in 1997, this sculpture was set up at Thessaloniki's New Beach, on the occasion of the city's operation as a cultural capital. Since 1998, a variant of the project has been installed at Faros Psychiko in Athens. As a motif, the umbrellas are also used at the "Atrium" installation, located at the Syntagma Metro Station in Athens.

In 2017 "Umbrellas" completed 20 years of presence in the public space of Thessaloniki having gained a unique popularity among the city’s inhabitants, and the subsequent title "The umbrellas of Thessaloniki".

In 2017 "Umbrellas" completed 20 years of presence in the public space of Thessaloniki having gained a unique popularity among the city’s inhabitants, and the subsequent title "The umbrellas of Thessaloniki".

Evoking the open minded spirit of the artist who transformed a symbol of gloom to a symbol of optimism and openness to the universe, the George Zongolopoulos Foundation has released a jewelry line especially for those who see life as an open road.

Umbrella Brooch in 925 oxidized silver; true miniature of the sculpture created in 1988 in stainless steel with a height of 60 cm.

Offered sealed. Certified for authenticity by the George Zongolopoulos Foundation. Package contains description of the original sculpture Every item is offered in gift packaging.

In stock
Product Code: 006-SR-B-02
Material
Silver
Dimensions
4.7x3.5 cm.
€97.00