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Happy Children
1973
Chaim Gross

bronze
one of six casts by the Bedi-Makky Art Foundry
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross
in honor of Joshua C. Taylor

Happy Children is a prime example of Gross's imaginative use of bronze casting to enhance the lyricism of his subject. The spatial openness and seeming weightlessness of the frolicking figures give the sculpture a joyful buoyancy. Viewed frontally, the five figures seem to be framed two--dimensionally within a large circle. However, the extended figures of the children actually create a circular motion within that circle. Thus the composite form becomes a sphere through which circular sections are used to describe motion.

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