Tony Cragg: Walks of Life
Tony Cragg’s Walks of Life consists of three colossal bronze sculptures installed on three lawns. His sculptural innovations are considerable: he disregards the categories of abstraction versus figuration and makes bronze into a sensuous, malleable material. Cragg’s sculpture is characterized by repeated facial profiles and torquing imagery that reshapes the experienced world. These forms intermingle to create vital objects where contours shift and morph, provoking the viewer to differentiate between a work of humanism and a work of dynamism. Cragg has expressed that one hope for his work “would also lead to a more open-minded approach to the world around us.”
Installed in the gravel area of the park, Caldera is a strapping, tumultuous sculpture resting on three points. Viewers can walk beneath the work to experience its massive presence. At eighteen feet high, Mixed Feelings commands a northwest lawn. Three times human height, the object is simultaneously immense and elegant. Points of View is a three-part sculpture. Its sinuous forms interact with one another and with the viewer on the Oval Lawn. Facial profiles zig and zag across each column’s surface. All three sculptures were cast specifically for Madison Square Park.