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Works in progress by Pablo Atchugarry, outside his studio at Fundaciόn Pablo Atchugarry in Manantiales, Uruguay


What a privilege to be one of only two visitors roaming around 30 hectares of the Sculpture Park created by the Fundaciόn Pablo Atchugarry in Manantiales, Uruguay. The Park was “designed in dialogue with the landscape… to appreciate the monumentality of the work of national and international artists.” Naturally, I concentrated on Atchugarry’s work, especially the massive ones in progress outside his studio and those installed in the Permanent Collection building which, although smaller, showed his evolutionary explorations of scale and materials – not limited to wood, steel and bronze (finished with immaculate monochromatic glossiness) and marble. With the latter, the most attractive pieces had a multiplicity of folds, initially reminiscent of flowing drapery, but Atchugarry increases the intensity of intro-/extro-version with an inherent attribute of verticality: aspiration.

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