Socrates Sculpture Park

Mark Gordon


Exhibition: Sculpture City, 1989


Volcano, 1989
Clay, brick, stone, copper
2' x 19' diameter

Tusks and horns: ancient icons, trans-lingual markers - - Paleolithic Czechoslovakia, Antonlian Catal Huyuk, Elamite Susa, Minoan Knossos, present day Madagascar's talismans of power, symbols of protection and ritual sacrifice. (paragraph break) A few weeks ago in Luzerne, Switzerland, the Convention on Trade of Endangered Species adopted a resolution on the African elephant, declaring it an endangered species. Perhaps the yearly decimation of the elephant population will cease. As long as ivory is considered a highly valued market commodity throughout most of the world, consumer greed will continue to fuel increasingly desperate -- and brutally efficient-- poaching. Volcano was burned on site. The dedication was offered to the West African deity Obatala, embodiment of widsom and protectress of the elephant.

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