Covid statue 2020, Riga, Latvia. This is the disneyfication of sculpture and disease, and misses the whole essence of sculpture, to carry ideas of important historical moments into the future; a future which might not look well on such a banal simplistic depiction of an illness. To start with its a bit boring and ugly in its actual sculptural execution. Colours are not necessary to depict a killer disease. Natural copper or brass will do, and eventually blend in with the environment of nature and buildings.
The face has no expression. Masked, the eyes could be 'tired' but they are also 'mesmerised' to obey the Coronavirus 'god' of fear and distancing, as part of the new medical tyranny. It also fuels encouragement of the control symbolism governments have enacted, forcing distancing, forcing people to wear masks; a cartoon image, without any sublime beauty of line and form, seemingly pitiful of itself. Its a bit blind, like the march of socialism; "the glorification of Marxist 'hive mind' ".
The sculptor's concept could have included something of the patients, more about direct care. Its cartoon quality is like a 'piece of news' turned into art. In fact it is not 'Art', it is just a big simplistic image in 3D without finesse of any kind. It looks as if it was commissioned to an industrial concern, who simply reproduced an internet image in large 3D form, on a 3D printer.
Also, a human sized statue if they must, outside their hospital, would be reasonable if many have died there; but to have one so huge, 20ft, is disneyesque, to make out Covid-19 is the most important thing ever to have been fighting, and is about everyday nurses as 'heroes'. To have such a large figure is like saying Covid is bigger than anything; almost as if to say Covid is there forever. Open arms don't only symbolise eagerness to meet the disease challenge, but unknowing, and helplessness.
A photo installation board, showing nurses with patients would have been more interesting and relevant to show suffering and healing. Alternatively, a well designed abstract sculpture, symbolising disease with the covid virus 'corona' cell image and a mask would have carried more weight. The Corona image would have informed into the future, and with a mask would have shown its contagion.
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