Winged Victory of Samothrace-Νίκη τῆς Σαμοθράκης
Victory of Samothrace is a Greek sculpture of the Hellenistic period (second century BC) depicting the goddess Nike, the personification of victory, placed on the front of a ship. She is currently in the Musée du Louvre. The total height of the monument is 5.57 meters. The Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF), which had tested the statue was able to identify minute traces of blue, invisible to the naked eye. “These traces can be concluded that the polychrome statue was, at least in part,” the museum. The coat of the statue was to be decorated with a colored stripe. Another surprise: a lock escaping the bun Victory appeared on the back of the neck, hidden under a capping modern plaster dating from the twentieth century. Discovered in 1863 off the Greek island of Samothrace (northeast Aegean), reconstructed in the Louvre between 1880 and 1884, she set foot on a base shaped prow placed on a pedestal. It has been completely restored and reinstalled on its base.
i’ve deleted a truly upsetting amount of photos but i’m never deleting the ones i still have. these are from germany in fall 2011
”made from hundreds of shapes cut from pink insulation foam. Silhouettes of road-side signs, highway pylons, parking lot trees and other peripheral roadside structures were layered to make a dense pink thicket. These assemble in a heap from floor to ceiling, sometimes revealing the manufacturer’s imprint as fragments of red text. The foam tapers into an edging of burnt-edged chipboard constructions.”
by Kim Beck
Girls’ Love Stories #148