This sculpture depicts a young athlete springing to life, commemorating Rhythmic Gymnastics as a new event in the 1984 Olympics. Artist Natalie Krol formed “Kim” through a challenging process called copper repousee, done by hammering copper into a plaster form, similar to the way the Statue of Liberty was created.
The beautiful 10 1/2′ tall sculpture is a visual hymn to the pursuit of physical, as well as mental, excellence. The graceful figure appears to be floating in mid air, while in her hand a baton projects a bolt of ribbon that laces the air with a series of concentric circles in stainless steel. The circles seem to echo the Olympic rings, which are symbols of an eternal bond of all countries.
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