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Works in progress by Pablo Atchugarry, outside his studio at Fundaciόn Pablo Atchugarry, 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 near El Chorro / Maldonado in 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. Although smaller, the latter sculptures showed his evolutionary explorations of scale and materials – not limited to wood, steel and bronze (finished with immaculate monochromatic glossiness) and marble. The most attractive pieces had a multiplicity of folds, initially reminiscent of flowing drapery, but Atchugarry increases the intensity of their intro-/extro-version with an inherent attribute of verticality: aspiration.