Thursday, 12 April 2007

Zarathustra - Peter Schipperheyn

Sculptor Peter Schipperheyn began with the image of the open hand and the clenched fist, and twenty years later that image became this monumental sculpture for a Melbourne sculpture garden of Nietzsche's hero, Zarathustra. [Hat tip Stephen Hicks] Says the sculptor:
The concept of dualism, of the eternal struggle between the forces of light and dark between good and evil, "He was wise enough to recognize that all the motives of human beings are based on action and reaction" I thought that is it I have found the spiritual significance of the clenched fist and the open hand gesture that I had dreamed all those years ago, it meshed entirely in my mind with what I was trying to express.
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  1. Oh...someone HAS to say this. So let it be me.

    What a damn great pile of shite PC.

    Cocks are only any good in sculpture when they are large and erect.

    Otherwise I ask, what on earth is the point?

  2. This seems to me to be more a depiction of a Nietzschean ubermensch with the perfect muscular body and prominent manhood. Zarathustra would have had to do a lot of working out to become such a Greek godlike example. I always imagined Zarathustra to be more a madman hermit.

  3. Bugger Zarathustra, CK. At first glance I thought the bloke on the ladder was Michael Laws.

    I'm still shuddering.

  4. Robert Winefield12 Apr 2007, 10:21:00


    The sculpture appears to be metallic.

    Are you suggesting me that you couldn't, by force of your personal magnetism alone, correct that 'defect' when next you visit that sculpture?

    Say it ain't so!


  5. Cactus, on the subject of cocks I bow to your vastly superior aesthetic judgement on the subject.

  6. I want to suck that cock.

  7. I think if there's a toilet door on which you wish to write something, 'Mrs' Hot, then I'm sure there's a blog next door that will want to oblige.


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