2005 - metal: steel, stainless; stone: Italian marble base
Stefan Vladescu’s 'Steel Flat' is an extraordinary work—executed in highly polished stainless steel with a base of beautiful Italian marble. Vladescu’s sculptures are deeply personal and “each one of [his] sculptures is an individual chapter, representing a significant event or life experience.” — "Stefan Matty Vladescu,” ARTisSpectrum, vol. 11/6, 1999, 36.
"The first 25 years of sculpting I was influenced by Existential philosophers—Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. I tried to portray in my sculpture the absurdity of life as well as free will. Now I am not so sure about the notion of free will and my works have changed towards a more fatalistic view of existence. I was so shocked by the events of 9/11 and its repercussions that I decided to express myself through sculpting. I thought of the religious wars of a thousand years ago, when people believed the Earth was flat…I also thought of how much Humanity has achieved since then, specifically in the fields of technology and medicine…and yet, how little it has advanced from the standpoint of the Human condition…since here we are a thousand years later with wars raging almost every decade…'Steel Flat' is as much a play on words as it is an observation on the Human Condition…" — Stefan Vladescu
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