“Apollo Belvedere is a celebrated ancient statue. By compressing it into a compact cube, the sculpture raises questions on how we view and connect with classical objects and imagery. This new creation imagines subverting an icon of classical statuary by placing it through a trash compactor. This interrupts the viewer’s usual perception of the iconic sculpture and creates a false sense of alienation while undermining the veneration we have for artworks from antiquity. In reshaping the visual experience of Apollo Belvedere, I hope to contribute to the discussion surrounding the continuous review of antique objects.” - Adam Parker Smith
Measuring two by two meters and weighing 18 tons, the Carrara marble cube is installed on a grey marble plinth located on the path towards Donum’s eucalyptus grove.
Adam Parker Smith is a Brooklyn-based sculptor. He attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally in galleries and museums including, the Brooklyn Museum, Marlborough Gallery, London, Derek Eller, New York, The Hole, New York, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, Galeria Curro, Guadalajara, Spurs Gallery, Beijing, The Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, Austria, The Watermill Center, New York and the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE. Smith’s work has been written about in, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, The Village Voice, ArtForum, Modern Painters, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker and The New York Post.