L'abîme de la liberté
Montreal-based artist Michel de Broin has produced work for different public spaces around Canada, the United States and Europe. He has participated in many group and individual exhibitions; he is also the recipient of multiple awards.
Inspired by the renowned neoclassical sculptures of Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty has been toppled over and subsequently takes on a new posture, planted upside down. This configuration creates a perplexing situation in its ability to maintain balance against gravity, seeming to free itself from the laws of physics. The sculpture’s inversion also exposes its inner vacuity, which can be seen from above, making visible that which is typically concealed in conventional sculpture. This toppled statue reflects the rampant hypocrisy in American politics and the threatening of freedoms that ensued in the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent adoption of the Patriot Act.