Still Hunt

Artist
Edward Kemeys

Location
[TK]

Description
Still Hunt is a bronze depiction of a panther, crouching at the top of a ledge and ready to pounce. The sculpture is easily visible, but only if you look for it. Integrated into its environment as a hunting animal might be, the sculpture is quite a bit above eye level. On its perch, the animal's body is low, with ears perked, and eyes intense.

Edward Kemeys was not originally trained as a sculptor. He was first inspired to enter the field during the 1860s when working on the construction crew that was building Central Park. While there, he saw another sculptor working, and decided to try as well [1].

Drawing on subject matter from childhood vacations in Illinois, Kemeys was interested in animals native to the American Midwest. He was one of the first American sculptors to embrace animal themes, a subject matter that was already becoming a trend in France [2].

Kemeys first exhibited a smaller version of Still Hunt in England and Paris, and was asked to enlarge the work for placement in Central Park. He was never, however, paid for his work [3].

Possible discussion themes
How can the subject matter of a piece can relate to its location?
As a sculpture of an animal in the wild, Still Hunt adds to the illusion of distance from the city by introducing a situation that would likely take place in an untamed wilderness.

Related art works
There are various other animal-themed sculptures in the area of Central Park near Still Hunt. These works include:
      Balto.
      The Delacorte Clock.

Footnotes

  1. Sharp, L. I. & Kiehl, D. W. (1974). New York City Public Sculpture by 19th Century American Artists. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 47.
  2. Sharp & Kiehl. p. 47.
  3. Sharp & Kiehl. p. 47.
 

 
 
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