Ex Nihilo, Figure No 5

Frederick Hart
Ex Nihilo, Figure No 5, 2006.
Full-scale sculpture.
Limited edition, cast sculpture in bronze.
Signed and numbered at the base.

I saw Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothingness) as a single expression of creation, as the metamorphosis of divine spirit and energy. The figures emerge from the nothingness of chaos, caught in the moment of eternal transformation, the majesty and mystery of divine force in a state of becoming. ©Frederick Hart.

Ex Nihilo – Completed in 1982, Hart’s depiction of the birth of mankind is considered one of the most important commissions of religious sculpture in the 20th century. The tympanum above the central door features half-formed figures of men and women emerging from the void. Beneath stands the figure of Adam, his eyes not yet open and his body not fully freed from the surrounding stone. The north tympanum depicts the Creation of Day, and the south tympanum depicts the Creation of Night. ©Washington National Cathedral.

Frederick Hart – Off The Wall Gallery Houston, Texas.

Artwork size: 74 x 51 x 21 inches / 188 x 129.5 x 53 cm.
Inv #: AB1129
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