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SUN DRAWING THE WATERS

Artist

Chester Beach

Description:

The figure of the sun is shown drawing the water from the fountain into clouds using his bolts of light and heat. One arm stretches over his head into his quiver, drawing a bolt of heat, and the other arm stretches across his body bearing the bow. Beach's careful carving... Read more

The figure of the sun is shown drawing the water from the fountain into clouds using his bolts of light and heat. One arm stretches over his head into his quiver, drawing a bolt of heat, and the other arm stretches across his body bearing the bow. Beach's careful carving of the figures musculature and dynamism allude to the raw power of The Sun, which is also evoked in his fiery hair and Apollonian proportions. At his feet, horses, like the ones that draw Apollo's chariot, gallivant in the clouds alongside fish. Preliminary models showed the figure adorned with a crown, but this design was abandoned in favor his wild hair. The base of the sculpture has been carved with a relief of the sun peeking over the horizon and waves curling into foam.

The Sun Drawing the Waters is one of a pair of Bronze sculptures in the garden, the other being the kneeling figure of Earth Receiving the Rain, across the courtyard.

Dates

Made: 1929

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Address:

11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
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