Seven Points of View

“I assert that the art of sculpture, among all the arts connected with design, is at least seven times greater than any other, for the following reason: why, sir, a statue of true sculpture ought to have seven points of view, which ought all to boast equal excellence.”
― Benvenuto Cellini, The Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini

Gymnast, by Enrique Alferez, bronze, Poydras Street, New Orleans

In the City of New Orleans there is a fantastic arrangement of sculpture along Poydras Street. Walking down and back from my son’s apartment to the Running of the Bulls I took photos of a few of them that I’ll share with you.

The first one that I noticed was a beautiful bronze woman in an athletic, dancelike pose, rising above the median only a few feet toward the river from where my son lives. Looking it up, I wasn’t too surprised to find out it was another work by Enrique Alferez like the nearby Lute Player and David – which I wrote about the last two days.

Alferez has work all over the city.I must make a list and try to get to some more the next time I visit.

7 responses to “Seven Points of View

      • I thought I would never see it again. It was the only time I worked with him. Then one day when I was in town I had lunch with a friend on poydras and we even discussed it. After lunch I walked towards the river and walked an extra block to catch a different bus.
        Looked up and there it was.

        I was Charles Richards’ model for the most part outside of a few drawing groups and classes.

      • Sorry – WordPress is set up so that I have to approve new comments – otherwise it would be inundated with spam.

        I can’t imagine seeing a sculpture of myself – especially if it was unexpected. I think the city has done such a great job of putting those sculptures along Poydras – I enjoy walking away from my son’s place.

        That’s great – Charles Richards is such an iconic New Orleans artist.

      • Did you know Charles? I’ll show you some of his work but guess I need to email it

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