Polish, born 1930
Bronze Crowd, 1990-91 Bronze, 71 1/8 x 23 x 15 1/2 in. (180.7 x 58.4 x 39.4 cm.)
Overall: 4400lb. (1995.8kg)
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas
As a child in Poland during World War II, Magdalena Abakanowicz lived through the German and Soviet invasions, experiencing firsthand the horrors perpetrated by dehumanized masses under the sway of evil leadership. Frequently addressing the theme of the crowd in her sculpture, she has said "A crowd is the most cruel because it begins to act like a brainless organism." From a distance, the thirty six over-life-size figures of Bronze Crowd look identical, but a closer view reveals their individuality. The spaces between figures become as important to the overall composition as the figures themselves. Viewers can walk between and among the figures, penetrating the imposing solidarity of the group and, simultaneously, stepping into the profoundly solitary experience of being alone in a crowd.