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Wood, Greek mythology

Artwork Type

Sculpture



Discobolus

1994


Marina Warren Nash



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Commissioning Entity Three Rivers Arts Festival
ADA Services This sculpture is located on the sidewalk. The adjacent curbs have curb cuts to allow for wheelchair access.

This abstract sculpture was created from wormy chestnut wood for the Three Rivers Arts Festival. It references the ancient Greek sculpture the Diskobolus of Myron, although the artist uses the relationship of positive and negative space to define the figure. Unlike the Greek sculpture, the discus thrower in Nash's Discobolus is perceived by viewing the space between the two wooden forms.
 
Nash said this about the work to the Sewickley Herald in 1988: "What is created from the tension in the negative space between is the hero."

 

Marina Warren Nash (b. 1959) lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture at Rice University and her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Maryland. Originally working as an architect, Nash found sculpting to be more artistically rewarding. Her work has been displayed throughout the United States and Europe.