Artists | Nicola Verlato
2008 : Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason
Nicola Verlato’s sculptural creation is an experiment in art and democracy. This project actively sought the community’s input and aspires toward giving form to its dreams and aspirations. After polling the Chelsea neighborhood, the artist created Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason, a wittily complex 7-foot tall hybrid sculpture, made of painted plaster, of Superman, Frida Kahlo, Harry Potter, Sponge Bob, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and others - heroes that local residents wished to honor.
Sleeping Monster examines the idea that public sculpture is often considered a beautification, or at the very least, a positive addition to the urban landscape while at others times is perceived as the imposition of a foreign element onto the neighborhood without the consent of the community. Nicola Verlato involved residents from the London Terrace apartment complex and the Fulton Houses public housing on West 17th and West 26th Street, and the Chelsea community at large.
The statue Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason was exhibited for four weeks at the triangular plaza at 9th avenue and 14th Street in October 2008.Funding for this project has been provided in part by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The NYC Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts, The Italian Cultural Institute, the Bonelli Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts.
- Verona, Italy, 1965
The Institute of Architecture of Venice, Venezia, Italy
Lute and Composition at the Conservatorio, Verona, Italy
- Brooklyn, New York
- Painting, drawing, sculpture