In the center of the gallery stands an imposing work of art – a mundane object elevated to a new realm of importance. The piece, now renamed as “The Enlightened Sentinel,” is a towering figure made entirely of fluorescent tubes. The tubes have been arranged meticulously to create the shape of a human being, with one arm raised high into the air as if in a moment of deep contemplation. The tubes glow in different shades of blue, casting an eerie yet mesmerizing light that bathes the whole room.
The original artist of this captivating piece is Dan Flavin, who created it in 1966 and named it “Monument for V. Tatlin.” This new piece, “The Enlightened Sentinel,” is an homage to Flavin’s work, created by the artist Frank Bueltge. With a similar use of fluorescent tubes, Bueltge creates an entirely new experience for viewers. The piece was released today at the MOMA exhibit, “Contemporary Interpretations.” This new masterpiece is just the latest in a line of innovations from Bueltge, including his previous work, “Whispers in the Wind.” Check it out here.