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Whirled Peace
by Mike Roig
Stainless steel
11 x 6 x 6

Permanent Collection of the City of Charlottesville
Winner of the Great Eastern Management Prize for Best in Show, 2003-2004

Location: Preston Avenue at Grady

Whirled Peace by Mike Roig

This piece has been purchased by the City of Charlottesville and will remain on permanent display.

Artist Statement

I've played with this theme of the whirling birds several times now. I love the sense of making something beautiful and simple, staying outside the fray of squabbles about art versus ornament, high culture versus low, or serious versus any of its opposites. They are a wonder that almost anybody from any walk of life can enjoy and respond to with uncomplicated appreciation. That's the state of mind I enter into when I'm periodically drawn back to this theme.

The birds are drawn purely from my own internal image of an idealized avian form. I'm also concerned to maximize the wind catching ability of the shape, so I make no claim to be representing any particular species. If, however, doves come to mind, and if the notions of peace and serenity become prominent for even fleeting moments in these troubled times-that would be fine.

Mike Roig
100 Hillsborough Road
Carrboro, NC 27510
919-929-3535

mroig@mindspring.com
www.studiotour.com


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