While browsing a list of sites to visit in Aachen, I came across a surprising entry: Ballerina Clown. Not only an odd name, it instantly brought to mind a very familiar sculpture in Venice, CA. Several times, while visiting Los Angeles, I have seen this odd sculpture:
Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
A little research told me that this sculpture, titled Ballerina Clown, was created by Jonathan Borofsky. It juxtaposes the classical ballet dancer with the traditional street performer found on Venice Boardwalk. (You can read a full description of the piece on the artist’s website.)
The sculpture in Aachen is nearly identical and, it seems, was created before the one in Venice. I’m not sure how that fits with the artist’s conception for the piece, but I had to see it for myself. After a nice walk through the city, I found the sculpture sitting outside the Ludwig Forum for International Art:
I love the slight differences between the two, especially the difference in expression. I also enjoy the idea that this odd piece of art connects these two cities that are otherwise so far apart, both literally and figuratively.