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The Sea

The Sea

Piece description from the artist

The Sea is one of three classical figures sculpted into the Samuel Francis Memorial Fountain situated in the center of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Here, the stone figure comes to life as she stands on high, safe in her own shelter and cradling a sea vessel while gazing out over the ocean. The blue of the water and white light from the reflecting moon illuminate her from below. The gull on her shoulder reacts to the shock of the morning sky, which alludes to the old mariners’ adage, “red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” The artist passes this fountain daily and wanted to free the figure from the shaft of the fountain and give her life without compromising the original sculptor’s integrity. While faithfully representing the original design of the white marble sculpture, the artist contributes to the story of The Sea with color and composition.

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40.0" x 30.0"
Acrylic on canvas

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