Giant Sculptures by Artist Miguel Antonio Horn on Display in Front of Hamilton Hall

'Proyecto Callejero: I & II,' part of the University's Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative, on view Nov. 29, 2012, through Jan. 28, 2013

November 28, 2012

The University of the Arts presents "Proyecto Callejero: I & II," two new monumental sculptures by artist Miguel Antonio Horn as part of the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative (HHPAI). Curated by UArts Sculpture Shop Supervisor Lewis Colburn, Horn's "Street Project" exhibit is on display November 29, 2012, through January 28, 2013, on the two platforms facing Broad Street in front of Hamilton Hall.

Horn's two huge figures – made from layers of cardboard, burlap and drywall – will slowly deteriorate over the course of the exhibit. Despite their size, the figures remain vulnerable to their environment, with their forms muted as if wrapped in layers and heaps of clothing.

The "Callejero" project was first conceived in 2010 in Mexico City in response to the conflict, marginalization and neglect that accompany the ongoing Mexican drug wars. The project grew over the next two years during the artist's transition to his current studio in Philadelphia and travels throughout Latin America and China. The two figures at the University of the Arts represent the first realized pieces in the project.

Born in Philadelphia, Horn completed the Certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has lived and worked both in Mexico City and Philadelphia. He has exhibited widely, including at the Zona MACO, Mexico City's premier international art fair, and in solo shows across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Horn is a member of the Traction Company collaborative workspace in West Philadelphia.

The University of the Arts community is encouraged to submit proposals for the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative, open to all artists from all disciplines and media who are 18 years of age and older. For more information on HHPAI, contact Lewis Colburn at 215-717-6645.

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