She’s big, she’s beautiful and she is ours! That’s right–Sfera is officially the Northwest Patrons next chapter project for the 2016-2017 year! Does she seem familiar? It might be because she is located in the center of the Cortile della Pigna (the Pine Cone courtyard), seen by all visitors of the Vatican Museums, or it might be from the 2016 Wishbook, where Sfera was the featured artwork on the cover.
Created by Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1990, Sfera is truly larger than life. 4 meters in diameter and kinetic, this massive sculpture rotates on her base. Made completely of bronze, its surface reflects its surroundings. In fact, Pomodoro used the courtyard features as a starting point when designing the proportions, making this sculpture truly unique to the Vatican collection.
Restoration Process includes:
•Preliminary removal of any protective substances dating from previous restorations
•Polishing the flat surface of the inside sphere Removal of the patina from the surface
•Construction of a structure to protect the sphere during the restoration
•Application of a protective layer suitable for the piece ideated by the GRS
Total Cost: approx. $45,700.00
Dedicated to Thomas S. James, Jr.
This project will be dedicated to our former Co-Chair and founder of the Northwest Patrons Chapter, Thomas S. James, Jr. Sfera has long been one of his favorite pieces, and he was extremely excited to have the opportunity to restore it for future generations. Tom was in a fatal automobile accident in January 2016. To donate online click here or send a check to Northwest Patrons at 15440 Bel Red Rd, Redmond, WA 98052.
NW PAVM Members, The Mueller Family, visited Rome in March 2016. While there, they stopped to check out our Chapter’s 2016 project, Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodor.
NW PAVM Members, The Hanzeli Family, visited Rome in June 2016. While there, they stopped to check out our Chapter’s 2016 project, Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodor.