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Magdalena Abakanowicz, Walking Figures, 2009, bronze.
Abakanowicz uses fragments of the body to evoke a range of moods and ideas. Sculpted without heads or arms, these striding figures may alternately be perceived as powerful and aggressive, or wounded or intrepid. Cast in bronze from fabric models, the monumental figures are also shell-like, suggesting the resilience -- and fragility -- of the human spirit.
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