Found in the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa
All the sculptures in this park are remarkable and really interesting, but some seem to command more attention than others (for me, anyway). These 2 heads seem to beckon, and we want to look closer and find out more.
These faces by Swiss-born Ugo Rondinone (born 1963) are painted cast aluminium.
They are 2 from a series of 12 sculptures entitled MOONRISE. Each of the child-like faces has an exaggerated expression and is named after a month of the year. Ugo Rondinone created the series as an homage to the moon, as he believes that our day-to-day reliance on the moon has waned and for many modern people its mythical significance has faded. He is drawn to the moon for its universal accessibility and continued significance as a marker of the passage of time.
MOONRISE. east. january (2005) has a mischievous appearance with its toothy grin, squinty eyes, and pointy nose (see below).
MOONRISE. east. august (2006) has a sympathetic look conveyed by the tilt of the head, hum-drum mouth, wide-open eyes and button nose. The texture, resembling finger marks in clay, adds to their youthful charm (see below).