“If you see a flower, look at it, paint it – but don’t pick it, don’t hurt it! That’s the kind of innocence I’m trying to get across.” -Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition sculpture for sale, a life size child figure stands with her arms outstretched, cradling a small butterfly in her hands. She has one foot raised behind her as if she is about to take flight with the butterfly. The child has the signature big head and ear to ear smile that distinguish Thorpe’s characters. For Thorpe, the big heads symbolize the innocence of children, new and uncorrupted. They are full of endless possibilities and open to whatever comes their way. It’s only as we grow older that we become narrow minded and closed. He challenges us to “keep our heads as big as possible”.
The base of the sculpture is decorated with Thorpe’s iconic hearts. They seem to grow from the ground like ivy; A reminder that children plant the seeds of love and joy at our feet. Thorpe enjoys working in bronze because of the diversity of form and composition that the medium offers. He’s able to play with creating soft features out of hard material. The child’s dress blows in the breeze and the delicate wire frame of the butterfly rests peacefully on her palms.
The child is shown without any recognizable features as the audience is meant to picture themselves in the sculpture. They can walk around the piece, appreciating it from every angle, and imagine a time where they were overcome with the simple joys in life, like catching a butterfly. The sculpture has an overwhelming sense of joy and wonder, as the child is filled with hope and positivity for her future.
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