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Tom Otterness (American, b. 1952), Female Figure with Arms Raised, patinated bronze sculpture, ca. 1990

Tom Otterness (American, b. 1952), Female Figure with Arms Raised, patinated bronze sculpture, ca. 1990

Item Description:

Designed by artist Tom Otterness ca. 1986 for "€œThe Real World"€ (competed 1992), a sculptural group installed in the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, New York, and cast by the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, New York, probably ca. 1990, no visible signature or numbering


Wear to the patination down the center front of the figure. Please contact for specific condition questions.


This sculpture was created to be installed in "The Real World", a playground installation commissioned in 1986 by the Battery Park City Authority, New York City, for the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller State Park. The installation was completed at the playground in 1992 but this sculpture was probably cast in 1990. This sculpture was not used in the final installation at the park and was a gift from the artist to the family of the current owner in 1995.


Height 5 in.

Width 4 in.

Depth 3 in.

About The Artist:

Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1952, American sculptor Tom Otterness has resided in New York City since 1970, when he began studying at the Art Students League. Otterness is best known for his playful, figurative cast bronze sculptures and his belief that art gains value through public engagement. His large scale, often outdoor public installations have been installed as commissions in many major American cities including New York City, New York, Indianapolis, Indiana (2005), Beverly Hills, California (2005-2006), Grand Rapids, Michigan (2006), Rochester, New York (2013), and internationally in Germany, Canada, South Korea and the Netherlands. These site-specific installations are meant to interact both physically and conceptually with their surroundings. They often feature animals as surrogates for people and humorously enact narrative morality tales cautioning against greed and other capitalist ills. In the late 1970s, Otterness was a member of the "Colab" (Collaborative Projects, Inc.), collective in New York City. This diverse, political group of artists worked in all media and members included the installation and conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and German sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith.

Otterness became a member of the National Academy in 1994. He was one of few contemporary artists invited to design an original float for the Macy's annual Thanksgiving parade in 2005. Otterness' work is represented by major art galleries and held by venerable museum collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.


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