From our sculpture curator
Ruth Aizuss Migdal
Ruth has made a long-term loan to Cliff Dwellers of her sculpture “Heart,” located on Cliff Dwellers’ deck (pictured above). “Heart” is a bronze 56″ x 25″ x 25″ cast, assembled with thirty separate sections; patinated blue, dated 2003.
Ruth’s latest bronze sculpture called “Radiate” (shown above) is influenced by what she learned in making public sculptures. She found herself freer and taking more chances. She likes the bronze to shine brightly. The size and complexity of “Radiate” made wire brushing impractical, so she decided to use gold leaf. This brightened the bronze. Ruth placed gold leaf in the prominent areas to highlight the sculpture. She has also added gold leaf to her small bronze sculptures.
Ruth describes her sculptures as brazen and bold with frivolity. Her current body of public sculpture continues in the direction of the red dancing lady. These powerful female dancers exemplify their free spirit, joyfulness and perseverance. The large dancing figures express independence, strength and a lust for life. “Whirling Dervish”, and “Here” are prime examples of her red dancing figures – currently located at Douglas Park and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.