Karma | 2012 | Do Ho Suh
Stainless Steel | 23 ft.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden | New Orleans Museum of Art | New Orleans, LA
Karma is an intriguing sculptural installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that presents countless men sitting atop one another while shielding each other's eyes.
Renowned for his large-scale installations, Korean artist Do Ho Suh continues to deliver impact through both concept and construction. Karma is a brushed stainless steel sculpture that towers seven meters high, both formidable and frightening. From far away, the sculpture appears to be an elegant spine, with each vertebrae gently curving past the next, though a closer look reveals the presence of 98 human figures stacked atop one another. A striding male holds up the remaining 97 who squat and cover the eyes of the one below. A visual representation of Karmic connection, the outdoor installation solicits fear and admiration alike.
Like his Cause & Effect piece, which features a spectacular tornado of figurines, Karma presents figurative sculptures ascending into the sky like a human ladder. However, in addition to being perched on each other's shoulders, they are successively blinding one another which leads one to wonder: Why?
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