You may be wondering what those two huge heads are that appeared in the City Hall courtyard on Wednesday, September 2nd. These are two of artist Jun Kaneko’s famously thrilling “Heads,” standing over 11 feet tall (including bases) in cast bronze and steel, showcasing Kaneko’s signature elaborate glazes. Last fall, Kaneko’s “Heads” were featured in a public art exhibit on New York’s Park Avenue; the pieces coming to Philadelphia are making their public debut, having been completed in time for this installation. These sculptures will remain up until October 24th. All associated costs were covered by private support.
In a groundbreaking collaboration this fall, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Locks Gallery, the City of Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts join together for the city-wide project “On the Wings of Music: Art, Opera & You,” celebrating the art of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Jun Kaneko. Born out of the Opera Company’s October premiere of Kaneko’s original set and costume designs for Madama Butterfly, On the Wings of Music: Art, Opera & You brings 11 of Kaneko’s monumental, large-scale art objects and a professional gallery exhibit to four prime Center City Philadelphia venues in September and October, highlighting the civic momentum that enables world class art in our city each season.