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Nicolas Holiber, Head of Goliath
May 4, 2015 to October 8, 2015
Tribeca Park, Manhattan
Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.
Inspiring artwork by the likes of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Titian, the biblical story and long-standing art historical theme of David and Goliath is not restricted to antiquity. The massive head is Nicolas Holiber’s modern take on the tale of the young shepherd David slaying the giant Goliath with only a slingshot and stones. “People come to New York to be the underdog and beat whatever obstacle is in front of them,” says Holiber. “The head of Goliath was David’s trophy and I hope viewers will find inspiration in this piece and think about what Head of Goliath, as a symbol, means to them. For myself and many friends of mine, New York is the Goliath,” says the artist.
Combining reclaimed objects found within New York City’s debris and artistic materials, Holiber creates contemporary characters that are inspired by the fragmented remains of ancient sculpture and the artwork from past civilizations. “I see the remnants of a classical bust or an Aztec stone sculpture as testaments of the human spirit throughout time. Likewise, Head of Goliath will be a connection to the past and serve as a symbol of the classic underdog tale that is shared by so many in this amazing city,” remarks Holiber.
Measuring over four feet tall by ten feet long, the sculpture will be installed on its side in the center of Tribeca Park. “Exhibiting in the park presents a unique opportunity to observe how the outdoor environment and NYC in particular will affect the sculpture. It's my aim for the piece to deteriorate and degrade over time in its specific location, thereby using the park as a catalyst to transform Head of Goliath into a modern ruin,” states Holiber.