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Circles of Time
1987 - bronze, galestro stone, plants

A farm hillside near the park was the site chosen by the artist on which to create a series of rings that trace the history of the Tuscan landscape from its origins to the contemporary period. At the center, Sonfist planted the "primordial forest", that includes plants indigenous to Tuscany. This forest is surrounded by branches found in the woods and cast in bronze to be reincarnated as "guardians of the forest". Among the bronze branches, the herb thyme grows wild and creates a play on words with "time". The next circle is made of laurel, introduced into Italy by the Greeks and associated with the crowning of heroes and poets. Around the laurel lies a ring of galestro stone, which was brought to the surface from underneath the soil, and will erode over time to blend back in with the earth. The successive ring of pre-existing olive trees (the source of the artist's inspiration) announces the use of the land for modern-day farming. This idea is reinforced by the last circle, made of wheat that is sown annually, which ripens and turns yellow in July, a golden crown around the whole installation.

Alan Sonfist

Alan Sonfist was born in New York in 1946 and lives and works in his native city.

Among his many permanent public artworks we recall the ones at: La Maison des Gouverneurs, Quebec; Goethe Institute, New York; Tampa Art Museum, Tampa; EPAD Musèe d'art contemporain, Paris; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis; Pennsylvania State University; Pittsburgh; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Corcoran Museum, Washington DC; Albright- Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington DC; Neue galerie Museum, Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen; Centre Cultural Americain, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Finch College Museum of Art, New York; Union Square Park, New York; University of Massachussets Gallery, Amhearst; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ ; Artpark, Lewiston NY; Walker Botanical Garden, St. Catherine's, Ontario; Boca Raton Art Museum Sculture Garden, Boca Raton, FL; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey; Impruneta, Tuscany.

In 2005 his work was seen in a one-man show at the Queens Museum of Art and in the group show "Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice" at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Raleigh. The same year he proposed an ambitious environmental project for Collect Pond a New York. Between 2014-2015 the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest devoted a retrospective show to his work.

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Alan Sonfist: Cerchi del Tempo Portfolios

Alan Sonfist carries out two portfolios of prints titled Cerchi del tempo. One of these contains three original wax engravings printed in one hundred-twenty copies (1-100/100 and I-XX/XX) while the other contains eight wax engravings also printed in one hundred-twenty copies (1-100/100 e I-XX/XX).

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