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People might be horrified at the mere notion that Giambologna’s celebrated 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women has been defaced, but fellow sculptor Urs Fischer would never raise a hand against such a masterpiece. Instead, New York-based artist Urs Fischer has created a full-size wax replica of the statue. Accompanied by what at first appears to be an everyday modern man visiting the gallery, both sculptures melt before the real audience’s eyes.
Like two giant candles, Urs Fischer’s sculptures dramatically reflect the inevitable passing of time. It also shows how even the most resilient and best preserved manmade creations will eventually meet their end, and with that chip away at human’s history on earth.
Urs Fischer’s The Rape of the Sabine Women replica was exhibited during the Venice Art Biennale.