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Profile image of Edward FlemingEdward Fleming carves and teaches realistic human figurative sculpture and also abstract sculpture in marble and limestone through direct stone-carving. His work is traditional in technique and attention to anatomical detail but his subjects are contemporary. Fleming creates both self-directed and commissioned sculptures. He is a licensed Architect and has been making stone sculpture since 1993. His art education derives from 20 years of working and apprenticing with master carvers and other artists in Italy and the United States. Edward Flemin...

Sculpture: 'The Management of Savagery'
by Edward Fleming

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Marble Conceptual Art sculpture often Large or Monumental Abstract Art by sculptor Edward Fleming titled: 'The Management of Savagery'
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Sculpture description:
This sculpture represents the circular and futile nature of violence. It asks viewers to reflect on this subject and consider positive change. Please see Artist comments and video.
Artist's comments:
When I first heard the phrase, "The Management of Savagery", the sheer absurdity of the idea immediately brought the image of this composition to my mind`s eye. This sculpture presents the futility of war and violence and its cyclically destructive nature. The general form of the sculpture, viewed directly front-on, reflects the ancient ouroboros composition of a snake eating it`s tail. The cyclical symbolism is intentional but in this sculpture the end of the snake`s tail is a human hand that is grasping and attempting to control the snake, which in turn is biting and poisoning itself just below the hand. The composition becomes more complex as a viewer walks around it and sees the viper gathering energy to strike. On an individual level, the victim often becomes the victimizer. And on a national level, the same result often occurs. Violence creates reactionary violence which in turn creates even more. This cycle of violence is apparent from individual relationships and families to regional and international conflict throughout history. After roughly two-hundred-thousand years of evolution, our species, homo-sapien-sapien, is still attempting to control and solve conflicts by killing itself. This is a fundamental problem that needs to be faced. Here, the snake`s fangs are set at the average adult`s eye-level. So when people walk around the sculpture and eventually align their view with the snake`s gaze, they will find themselves directly facing the problem, this vicious circle. My intention here is to cause at least some people to think, question and then talk with others about this terrible reality so that there may be some hope of change. Change is our collective hope for evolving beyond savagery.
Dimensions/size: 5 ft x 4 ft x 3 ft (height x width x depth)
approx: 1.52 x 1.22 x 0.91 m
It is a 2 times lifesize sculpture
Edition: one
Medium: marble
Sculptor: Edward Fleming [sculptor profile]
Price: Price on Application
Availability: No, artwork probably sold out
Category: Monumental Sculptures
Human Figurative Sculptures
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures
Public Art Sculpture
Allegorical / Parable Sculpture
Conceptual Art Sculptures Statues often Large or Monumental Abstract Art
Weight: 2270 Kg / 4994 lb
Title: The Management of Savagery
Finish: honed, polished and textured
Recommended Usage: Indoors and as a Garden Sculpture
Year: 2013
Video
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