Head of Goliath

Public Sculptures by Nicolas Holiber, in Tribeca ParkNew York, NY

Public Sculptures by Nicolas Holiber seen at Tribeca Park, New York - Head of Goliath
Public Sculptures by Nicolas Holiber seen at Tribeca Park, New York - Head of GoliathPublic Sculptures by Nicolas Holiber seen at Tribeca Park, New York - Head of GoliathPublic Sculptures by Nicolas Holiber seen at Tribeca Park, New York - Head of Goliath
Holiber’s first time exhibiting with NYC Parks, Head of Goliath was on view from May through October 2015 in Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca Park. Drawing on a long-standing art historical tradition, the artist presented a modern interpretation of the Biblical tale in which David, then just a young shepherd boy, is able to kill the giant Goliath using only a sling and stone. This oversized sculpture provided a new perspective on the age-old story and allowed viewers to see Goliath through David’s eyes immediately after the giant’s defeat. Created entirely out of reclaimed wood and found objects from around New York City, Holiber added, “Exhibiting in the park presents a unique opportunity to observe how the outdoor environment and NYC in particular will affect the sculpture. I’m looking forward to seeing how the piece will weather and change over time, thereby using the park as a catalyst to transform Head of Goliath into a modern ruin”.

Meet the Creator

"Nicolas Holiber is a Brooklyn-based artist known for his large-scale public works and mixed media paintings. His sculptures often draw on themes from ancient art and the antiquities, reimagining such motifs through a contemporary lens. Using reclaimed lumber combined with artistic materials in many works, Holiber’s process finds inspiration in the conceivably never-ending act of deconstruction and reconstruction. The artist’s intent is to lend meaning and subject matter to disparate objects that previously had neither. Constructed in a fashion that celebrates the medium’s imperfections, Holiber’s sculptural work provides a trace of something primal and totemic in their execution.

The artist’s current public art installation, Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project is on view in New York City along Broadway from 64th – 157th Streets in Manhattan, through January 2020. Presented by the Broadway Mall Association in partnership with NYC Parks and New York City Audubon, this exhibition features ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds that are in danger of extinction due to climate change."

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