MASSIMO AGOSTINELLI

M A S S I M O A G O S T I N E L L I

STATUE OF LIBERTY | BUILT TO STAY FREE

Anagrams Series '2015'

Dimensions: 160 x 125cm

Medium: Lenticular pigment

Background: The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The Statue of Liberty is a robed female figure representing Libertas (meaning 'free'), the Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head, and in her left arm carries a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) inscribed "July 4, 1776" (date of the American Declaration of Independence).

Process: Agostinelli works with lenticular pigment for the Anagrams Series '2015'. Using a lenticular lens printing process directed onto resin based plastic substrate, forms a 3D effect with a flip image, revealing several layers of hidden meaning and depth. The embedded text is overlaid directly onto the image creating a fusion upon moving from the centre frame of the piece. The viewer experiences the anagram of 'STATUE OF LIBERTY' to reveal 'BUILT TO STAY FREE' in a systematically fluid process. The lenticular acrylic pigment is used in a complex multi step process consisting of several images and frames interlacing to combine what appears to be an image with real depth and three-dimensional effects. The lenticular lens allows for the ‘Anagram Text’ to alternate and flip back and forth seamlessly depending on the angle viewed.