Tony Tasset’s newest work “Judy’s Hand Pavilion” arrived in Cleveland Monday (6/25) morning. It came in three pieces on two-wide load flatbed trucks. The trucks were directed from the highway right through downtown Cleveland and east on Euclid Avenue, and right through the campus of Case Western Reserve University. CWRU, which sponsored the piece along with FRONT, (Cleveland’s art triennial) will exhibit from July 14 – September 30.
Tasset, the Chicago-based multimedia artist, fashioned it from a cast of his wife’s Judy’s hand. His realistic style in creating larger-than-life art sculptures is on display with this iconic structure, which will serve as a centerpiece for FRONT and the university. The two parties worked collaboratively to solicit artists for a pavilion art concept and worked throughout its planning phase to make this a reality.
Based on the subject and size (21 feet tall, 7 tons) of the work, it will definitely be a conversation starter. “What is this? What does it mean? Why it is here?” Aside from the curiosity it will spark for visitors, the sculpture is a functional pavilion with aesthetic appeal. Visitors can experience its enormity from a distance or by going underneath and gaining shelter from it.