“I discovered the writings of Lao Tseu when I was young. His reflections have always fascinated me and I felt the need to make a tribute to him, as a sculpture or a painting. My work “Tribute to Lao Tseu” is the fruit of my repeated reading of the Tao Tö King (the Book of Path and Virtue)”.
In the 1970’s Francesco Marino di Teana starts conceiving compositions that he liberates from their earthly properties (weight, shapes, materials) thanks to the work on cognitive space.
It is during that time that he makes his most iconic works such as “Hommage à Lao Tseu” (Tribute to Lao Tseu), that makes reference to oriental philosophy but also the multiple cultures that he represented (France – Italy – Argentina). Embodying the equilibrium of energies, this sculpture is composed, in the centre, of four same size vertical pillars who create a perfect base to the four horizontal lances that point in different directions whilst projecting themselves to the exterior. Its simple and refined profile, underlined by the mat of chromed iron, brings to mind either the bow of a vessel and a diapason hence becoming a plural symbol of Nature and Culture.
Edition “ART FOR ALL” by Galerie Loft,
Silver plated cast iron,
Dim. of the box : 20 x 13 x 5,5 cm.
Signed with the artist’s stamp, edition of 300
Francesco Marino Di Teana H.4m, Lao Tseu, 2008, installée à l’entrée du village natal de l’artiste, Teana (Italie)
|Dimensions||16 × 8,5 × 4 cm|
Cast iron, Cast iron
Signed with the artist's stamp, Signed with the artist's stamp
Edition of 300, Edition of 300