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Big Mind Sky is a neon sculpture by contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Please help support this significant work of public art.

THE STORY

Open Concept Gallery acquired the neon sculpture Big Mind Sky (2007) by contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone through a loan made possible through cooperation with the  Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Public art is a significant feature of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Open Concept Gallery recognizes the role of public art in the community and continues to organize as well as promote endeavors that include such creative and inspiring works of art.

THE WORK

Big Mind Sky was created in 2007. The materials of the sculpture include neon, acrylic glass, translucent foil, and aluminum. Big Mind Sky was a central sculpture at Art Basel Switzerland 2010, the world's premier international art show for  contemporary art.  

THE ARTIST

Ugo Rondinone was born in Brunnen, Switzerland in 1963 and currently lives and works in New York City. As a mixed-media artist, Rondinone has spent the last twenty years working in a diverse range of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, and sculpture. His works commonly explore themes of fantasy and desire as well as aspects of everyday life. Rondinone has had major solo and group exhibitions world wide.

THE EXHIBITION

Big Mind Sky is a temporary public art installation  February - April 2012. The sculpture is displayed on the roof of our gallery building in order to accomplish our mission of infusing contemporary art into community. The work is accessible to numerous people on a daily basis as it is visible from a major street in the heart of the downtown Grand Rapids. It is our desire to make the  of this project as accessible as possible. Due to the considerable transportation and installation costs as well as the demand for marketing and promotion the sculpture and the issues it represents, we are appealing to Kickstarter viewers to help support Open Concept Gallery in this efforts. 

We sincerely thank you for your time and contribution.

LINKS

http://www.openconceptgallery.org/

http://www.prohelvetia.ch 

http://www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions.html

http://www.gladstonegallery.com/index.asp

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