Multi Layered Sculptures by Michael Murphy

Georgia-based artist Michael Murphy (previously here) created large installation of incredible multi layered sculptures.

TIME Magazine

The artist created this 8' X 6' X 7' cardboard sculpture of President Barack Obama for TIME Magazine's iPad edition of their annual Person of the Year issue, consist of 66 hand-cut cardboard plates suspended with white braided fibers.

"The goal with this piece was to capture Barack Obama's essence in a way that formally referenced the current political climate in America and offered a tactile glimpse at the divide between its two dominant political parties."

"Straight on, the shapes are perfectly organized, creating a graphic portrait of Obama as a strong leader. As the viewer moves around the sculpture, seeing it and the points of view change, the image of the president becomes distorted and the layers become their own separate pieces."

"In the distortion, viewers are encouraged to see the red and blue edges of the plates as indications of the electoral divides. From the side, the forward momentum of the piece, as it protrudes out into space suggests growth, progress, movement, and the partisan divide."

Gold Jumpman

This installation in Chicago Nike Town constructed of a heap of gold-plated sneakers-shaped slabs, hanging from the ceiling and placed in order to represent Michael Jordan from his Air Jordan logo.

Gun Country

This large installation on the terrace of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, consists of 130 toy guns painted black with orange tips, carefully suspended in the air.

"The question I am most commonly asked is whether the work is for or against guns. The answer is that it’s neither. It is intended to stimulate conversation about guns and gun related issues in the US."

"Every viewer that I have discussed the piece with has seemed inclined to tell me their stance on guns. Through this conversation that the piece inspires, it is my hope that people will think more critically about their stance on guns and gun related issues. I believe that through conversation, thoughts and ideas that are vocalized become their own entity and lend themselves to closer scrutiny and critical reflection."

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