Leo Wirth:
Sculpture "Freedom" (2021), bronze on marble pedestal
Leo Wirth:
Sculpture "Freedom" (2021), bronze on marble pedestal

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 99 copies | numbered | signed | foundry stamp | certificate | bronze + marble | chiselled | polished | patinated | size total 49 x 27 x 19 cm (h/w/d) | weight approx. 6 kg

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Sculpture "Freedom" (2021), bronze on marble pedestal
Leo Wirth: Sculpture "Freedom" (2021), bronze on marble p...

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Sculpture "Freedom" (2021), bronze on marble pedestal

Freedom is female. This not only refers to its grammatical gender but also to its traditional placement in the picture. It begins, as so many things do - in Roman mythology. Libertas, who represents freedom, is depicted here as a richly adorned female figure. A world-famous "daughter" of Libertas is the Statue of Liberty in New York. In art history, there is a similarly iconic version: Delacroix's barricade painting "Liberty Leading the People" from 1830. It shows her in the form of a half-naked female fighter leading the people towards political emancipation. She seems vulnerable but invincibly charging forward. For Delacroix, freedom is not a state but a goal to be achieved and defended.

Wirth's "Freedom" follows this tradition. His version, executed as a nude, also shows freedom in dynamic movement; here, it also rushes forward. The pose, reminiscent of a finish line, is no coincidence: Wirth shows the goal, well aware of the revolutionary triad that is still unfinished as a project: freedom, equality and - let us call it that at this point - sisterhood.

Bronze sculpture, cast using the Lost-Wax-Process, chiselled by hand, polished and patinated. Limited edition of 99 copies, numbered, signed and hallmarked with the foundry stamp. With numbered certificate of authenticity and limitation. Size including marble pedestal 49 x 27 x 19 cm (h/w/d). Base size 18.5 x 8 x 5 cm (h/w/d). Weight approx. 6 kg. ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

Artist Leo Wirth at work

About Leo Wirth

"It's the details that count" is the motto of sculptor Leo Wirth, and in each of his works, it is obvious how seriously he means it.

Leo Wirth works figuratively. With great dedication to detail, his works (portraits of people, fountain sculptures, religious and mythological motifs such as St. Francis or the Roman fertility goddess Ceres) come alive.

The same applies to his depiction of everyday people, which he is particularly interested in; people that any of us might run into on the street. His sculptures deal with human strengths and weaknesses and the challenges of life. It is easy to recognise oneself in those small, often humorous everyday life scenes. In their skilful execution, the realistic but also expressive sculptures are inviting to contemplate and reflect.

Leo Wirth, born in 1956, graduated from the technical school for wood and stone sculpture in Elbigenalp/Tyrol in 1989 as the best graduate of his year. Afterwards, he decided to start his own business as a freelance sculptor. His success proved him right. Today his large sculptures can be found in public places in Dorum by the North Sea ("Deicharbeiter") to Isny in the Allgäu ("Neidhammelbrunnen").

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