Educating the Rich on the Globe.
 Otterness, Tom, 1952-

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Title:Educating the Rich on the Globe

The New York sculptor, Tom Otterness, displayed a number of his works along upper Broadway near subway stops. A number of the pieces poked fun at the city's drive to make money.

This piece, "Educating the Rich on the Globe" is well suited to be read along with today's scripture selection from Luke, particularly verse 34: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

"Tom Otterness is a sculptor of sizeable reputation. His robust group of new sculptures (2004-2005) that graced five miles of the New York City Broadway 60th and 168th Streets is the result of years of planning and preparation. He may also be one of the most humorous contemporary public sculptors living today...His larger than life-size bronzes have taken root all over the United States in public and civic spaces. Otterness elevates the goofy in high-priced bronze works that are also endearing. You want to like these goofy characters, and they are likeable, but not easy like a Disney character. In his art exhibit in New York on Park Avenue in 2005, Otterness' sculptures about money dominated the streets. "Free Money", two goofy figures with turtle-like bodies embrace in a dance on a huge money bag that appears to be stuffed with money. Another sculpture in this parade of sculptures that bears the theme of money is a giant penny being pushed by little bronze characters." (Klein, 87)

Artist:Otterness, Tom, 1952-
Object/Function:Sculpture, freestanding
City/Town:New York
Country:United States

Scripture:Luke 12:32-40
Lectionary links:CProp14
General Subject:Wealth

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Copyright Permission:Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Attribution:Otterness, Tom, 1952-. Educating the Rich on the Globe, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved August 9, 2022]. Original source:
Record Number:54218 Last Updated: 2022-07-21 13:30:22 Record Created: 2009-02-10 13:49:15
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Art and laughter
Author:Klein, Sheri
Publisher:I. B. Tauris