Public Sculptures by Romolo Del Deo seen at Port Warwick, Newport News - Melpomene (Homage to William Styron)
Public Sculptures by Romolo Del Deo seen at Port Warwick, Newport News - Melpomene (Homage to William Styron)
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Melpomene (Homage to William Styron)

Description
“Melpomene” was commissioned by the Newport News Public Art Foundation in 2002 as a tribute to famed local author, William Styron, celebrated as one of America’s great literary masters of tragedy. To portray Styron’s work, Romolo embodied Melpomene, the muse of tragedy using forms from the Nike of Samothrace, originally conceived as a symbol of victory, now presented as tragic survival at great cost. While the figure sails ahead from the front, seen from behind, she is empty and hollowed, like Styron’s heroes, surviving, but changed.
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I am dedicated to the idea of rethinking, reimagining and upcycling the sustainable, resilient imagery and methodology from the ancient past to speak to the present." -Romolo Del Deo

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