Art on the Corner: ‘Three Graces’

“Three Graces” by Sue Quinlan of Boulder



SCULPTURE: “Three Graces” is in front of Crystal Books and Chamberlain Architects on the south side of the 400 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Sue Quinlan of Boulder.

DESCRIPTION: The 6-foot-tall concrete and steel sculpture features numerous female icons of varying sizes, tones and styles that are embedded in the multi-surfaced sculpture. The sculpture’s two panels are attached in a “T-bone” fashion.

INSPIRATION: A marble Imperial Roman copy of the original “Three Graces” — featuring three unclothed women from greek mythology — is on display in Paris.

“If you go to the Louvre you’ll see the ‘Three Graces’ sculpture naked,” Quinlan said, adding that she had her own take on what the “Three Graces” should be.

“All my work is artifacts and images of cultures that are pretty old — like the Mayan culture,” she said.

Her idea was to create her “Three Graces” using symbols from different cultures.

“Their women are beautiful — they mean something to the people who did the artifacts,” she said.

Quinlan learned how to make the artifact molds while taking a 3-D class and really loved the process. She experimented with concrete and it took off from there.

“I had never seen anyone do anything like I do with the concrete,” she said. “I was already doing a lot of artifacts in my paintings — why can’t I start making my own?” she asked.

PAST ENTRIES: “Three Graces” is the first sculpture Quinlan has submitted to Art on the Corner.


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