„My art is expressed in hardwood and stone, but the essence of art is not made of wood nor stone, it is beyond space and time. Art is a song and prayer at the same time“. New York, 1924, Ivan Meštrović
What is common between Congress Plaza Gardens in Chicago and Republic of Croatia Square in Zagreb? The connecting link is genious works by one world-famous sculptor, born as a Croat, died as an American, Ivan Meštrović, beyond space and time, as his art was.
In 1926 Ivan Meštrović was comissioned by trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago’s B.F. Ferguson Fund to create the bronze pair, „The Bowman and The Spearman (also known collectively as Equestrian Indians,or simply Indians). The sculptures were made in Zagreb and installed at the entrance of the parkway in 1928. It became his first masterpiece in the USA, when Meštrović was already a mature sculptor with earned world- famous popularity. Sculptor Ivan Meštrović intended his monumental figures to commemorate the Native American and symbolize the struggle to settle this country.
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On the other side of the ocean, in a small, but very proud country Craotia, in the main city Zagreb, on the beautiful square, there is the first masterpiece of young and ambicious sculptor and architect, Ivan Meštrović, The Well of Life. It depicts people in various phases of life that crouch and twist their bodies around a well which symbolizes life, youth, and the source of eternal beauty.
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Once you will be in Croatia, visit Zagreb, Split, Knin, Cavtat and other places and admire Meštrović's genious works on the streets. In Split and Zagreb you can find out more about Ivan Meštrović and his creations at Atelier and Museum.
Find, explore and tag your photo with Meštrović's masterpices and ...Be beyond space and time! Croatia full of life!