Outdoor Sculpture

Sir Philip Ambrose RA, well known critic and art historian, has been invited by the artist to introduce us to her work and the exhibitions that have taken place at many well visited international locations.

 

Hotel Louvre Sainte-Anne Sculpture Garden

Hotel Louvre Sainte-Anne Sculpture Garden

Nura Petrov's art works and the outdoor sculpture displayed in the gardens and historic sites of Paris reflect both an understanding of values present in contemporary abstract art and an appreciation of visual tradition. The proportion and quiet contained gesture of the white geometric configurations displayed in the Hotel Louvre's garden harmonize nicely with the bronze figurative works usually seen there.

On close examination the planes and shapes present in her work have enjoyable variations on all sides made possible by a shift away from the illustrative constraints of human figure sculpture. The details of geometric pattern present in them are echoed in the decorative details in the architectural facade visible behind her work. The crisp, white surfaces of her work receive the afternoon light of Paris creating soft grey shadows that enhance the dance of shifting curves and slanted rectangular forms. The nearby green of lawn, hedges, and trees with their lush texture accent the clarity and deliberate spareness of her usage of form and its sensitivity to environment and space.

 

Allée near the Louvre

A short walk to the allée of the Louvre museum path will result in the discovery of another sculpture: a tilted segmented cube balanced in the foreground of a strongly directional space emphasizes both the stable and intricate architecture in the distance and the sculpture itself which challenges cubic stability by virtue of its tilted angles and slat-like construction. Instead of blocking out and rejecting the presence of light the piece of work absorbs and channels it without losing its basic identity as a cube. Light moves through it as well as resting within it.

These thoughtful sculptures urge the viewer to consider aspects of our geometrically designed environment in a way that affirms the importance and warmth of the living world of light, space, trees and the very activity of strolling through a highly designed park-like setting.

Entrance to the Louvre Museum

I.M. Pei would be surprised to see this four-legged creature sauntering past his pyramids at night. Available to be seen both horizontally and vertically its animal-like presence seems suited to visit a location whose monument celebrates the architectural accomplishments of mankind by making a transparent pyramid.

This sculpture compiled of rectangles and curves also denies a traditional definition by urging us to choose its posture and position rather than being satisfied with being locked in an eternity of immobility. This is perhaps an interesting contrast to Pei's confirmation of the lasting quality of pyramids with their staunch flat base of “operation”. Nura's sculpture can stand up and walk away.

Studio images and details of the above works