Thursday, January 26, 2012

“Sphere Within Sphere” sculpture at Vatican: reflecting a fractured world

When I posted this photo to my Facebook friends, I got many comments wanting to know about this unusual sculpture.

This bronze sculpture is called “Sphere Within Sphere” (Sfera Con Sfera) and it is the centerpiece of the Courtyard of the Pinecone at the Vatican Museum. 

Measuring four meters in diameter, it was created by artist Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1990 for the Vatican Museums.  Pomodoro's specialty is the casting of gigantic columns and/or globes.  In this magnificent sculpture, the fractured surface of the outer sphere reveals a very complex inner sphere.  

It tells a story of the harsh difficulties that the modern world finds itself in at the end of the second millennium. 

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