As people probably know, I really like tracking down outdoor art in different places. I think it’s true that public art (which is often outdoors) is an important part of the cultural identity of a city or town, and it’s fun to find out what kinds of art a city will support.
Here are two that I found in Luxembourg City last week—these do not include any of the commemorative statues and plaques in that city, as I’ll cover those later.
The first one is in the garden of the Villa Vauban, now used as the Musee d’Art de la Ville de Luxembourg. It’s titled “Embrace”, or “Enlacement” (French), or “Umarmung” (German). Bronze, 1976/1991. The artist is Lucien Wercollier (1908-2002), a well-known Luxembourg sculptor, who has works displayed in many countries.
The other work is in the garden in the Place des Martyrs (which has a lovely rose garden in summer), opposite the former headquarters of Arcelor/Mittal (1922), the worldwide biggest steel company—a very attractive building, now housing the Brazilian Embassy, I believe.
It is by well-known sculptor Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986), titled “Mother and Child“. It was acquired by the City of Luxembourg in 2000, with the help of a donation by the Savings Bank.
Both lovely in their own way, but also kinda similar in form, I think.