Immortal Bird

Solid, yet ethereal. Grounded, yet poised to take flight. Bird in Space expresses inner tensions as few other masterworks do. In this essay, noted art historian Guy Jennings explains that the sculpture’s primal yet cerebral power stems from its creator’s connection to both Romanian myth and modernist ethos and outlines the years-long process of refinement that led to the piece’s final incarnation.

The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși once remarked, “I wanted to represent weightlessness in concrete form.” This paradoxical concept fascinated and perplexed Brâncuși throughout his life. It was this quest to capture and immortalize a moment of ephemerality that led him to …

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