then using the ageless bronze, he reminds us of the human sensibility that underlies great art and literature.
Miffy Fountain is unique because it is made of cast bronze and painted white. Much of the artist’s work is in mixed media and assemblage. The fountain, in the form of Miffy, was created as part of a “Bronze Collection” with her equally cute friend Hello Kitty. The artist has described this series as ‘merchandising icons with an almost Buddhist sense of nothingness.’ With water spilling from Miffy’s eyes, the fountain figure will weep into pools of its own tears. Miffy Fountain was first exhibited in New York City, in the moneyed canyons of corporate America, which faced difficult times in 2008, it may be appreciated as an emblem of shared misery.
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About the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, established in 2004, recognizes that art belongs not just in galleries and museums, but in streetscapes, parks, buildings and infrastructures of a thriving community. Dedicated to envisioning, developing, advancing and promoting public art projects, the Public Art Foundation collaborates with local entities and artists to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of residents and visitors to the community. The goal is to increase awareness of our community as a world-class destination for public art. For more information about the Public Art Foundation, visit www.dsmpublicartfoundation.org.
About the Artist
Internationally renowned contemporary visual artist, Tom Sachs (born 1966, New York) studied at the Architectural Association in London and received a BA from Bennington College, Vermont. His sculptures, which often mimic mass-produced objects, make use of humble materials and tools — Scotch tape and plywood, screwdrivers and vice grips — and the finished products have a deliberately scruffy quality, with glue drips, duct-tape traces and the ragged edges of jigsaw-cut wood left visible, emphasizing what Sachs calls the “scars of labor.” His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, and is held in major institutional collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. For more information, visit the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation.