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2007 Even though the identity of the statue is irrelevant to the overall idea of the artwork. The background is a reference to Dante’s Divine Comedy in it's three parts; Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise,The statues entwined together in the middle are taken from many works of art throughout history to represent the transition from life onward. From the old man with the beard (Moses, Michelangelo 1475-1649) representing the mortal man, to the realm of the dead(The body of Laocoon, The statue was discovered back in the 1st century. History says it's the creation of sculptors Hagesandros, Athanodoros and Polydoros) where two angels descend, one is being transformed to a snake, the other to an umbilical cord going into the body's belly button. The angels are from Ponte Sant'Angelo, built in Rome by sculptor Lazzaro Morelli (1608-1690) And finally the rebirth of a sinless, sexless creature (Adonis by Antonio Canova 1757-1822) looking back at the whole process of Life and Death. I added the Colosseum where the crowds used to sit and watch people die, so now there's this huge amphitheater where others can sit and watch those who were watching ..Those who died.
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