Copper in the Arts

April 2021

Bronze Wings of the City Exhibit Tours America

Wings_of_City_News.pngPosing at the Wings of the City exhibition in Greenville, SC.
Photograph courtesy of Metropolitan Arts Council Instagram.

The Arts in Public Places Commission recently approved plans for Greenville, North Carolina to join a select group of cities from around the globe that have hosted Wings of the City, a collection of nine monumental bronze sculptures by world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín. The sculptures will be installed in Falls Park and on the Peace Center campus in April and remain in Greenville until October 2021. The exhibit will then tour other America cities and travel the world. 

Marín is one of the most recognized figurative artists in Mexico. He has participated in more than 300 collective exhibitions, and individually, his work has been exhibited in museums in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Alas de México, the iconic sculpture from the Wings of the City collection, is on permanent display in 13 cities on three continents.

In 2013, the temporary Wings of the City installation began its journey through the United States, with stops in Texas, Colorado and California. Greenville will be the first city on the East Coast to host the exhibition. Described as “an aesthetic experience where the perfection of the human body is mixed, in balance, with allegorical forms and fantastic beings,” Marín’s sculptures are expected to draw visitors from across the region.

The City of Greenville and the Hispanic Alliance of SC collaborated to bring Wings of the City to Greenville and will work closely with the Jorge Marín Foundation to facilitate the installation. Bank of America will be the presenting sponsor of Wings of the City, which will include a special interactive web tool, with photos and information about the collection, and a map showing sculpture locations for the exhibition. Piedmont Natural Gas and BMW will also participate as sponsors of the exhibit.

According to Adela Mendoza, executive director of the Hispanic Alliance SC, the collection promotes a community-wide dialogue and offers a bridge to Mexican culture. Wings of the City highlights the importance of migration and the cultural exchange that enriches societies,” said Mendoza. “This world-class exhibit celebrates the global spirit of the Upstate—symbolizing human connection across distance, and the role of art as a universal language.”

The opportunity to bring this exhibit to the East Coast was presented by the General Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh, NC. “We are thrilled to welcome this magnificent collection to South Carolina and invite the public to enjoy the work of one of Mexico’s most prominent cultural ambassadors” said general consul,  Claudia Velasco Osorio.

“We are especially proud to help bring such a powerful exhibit by a world-renowned artist to Greenville to promote discussion and awareness of Mexican culture for the benefit of our community,” says Stacy Brandon, Bank of America Market President for the Upstate.

The Jorge Marín Foundation was established in 2017 to preserve and protect the artist’s work and to further Marín’s belief in the power of art to create more reflective and peaceful societies. "Through Wings of the City, Jorge Marín has enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world by reminding them what it means to be human,” said Elena Catalán, director of the Jorge Marín Foundation. “And no matter where they arrive, his sculptures, which he considers incomplete by themselves, acquire new meaning with each person who interacts with them.”

Resources:

Wings of the City, Jorge Marin Foundation

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