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Umberto Boccioni. Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. 1913 (cast 1931 or 1934) 18

Bronze, 43 7/8 x 34 7/8 x 15 3/4" (111.2 x 88.5 x 40 cm). Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange)

Narrator: Take a few moments to walk around this sculpture so you can see it from every side.

When you see a sculpture of a person, they’re usually in a still pose, caught in one moment in time. But not this one. This figure seems to be right in the middle of running, like when you take a photo of someone moving and it’s blurry.

See if you can make the same pose. Where did you put your legs and arms? Hey, the arms on this sculpture seem to be missing!

The artist, Umberto Boccioni, belonged to a group called “The Futurists.” They loved the speed of cars and other machines. That’s why the figure in the sculpture looks like a machine, or a burst of motion.

If the sculpture could make a sound, what do you think it would be? Would it be...?

Narrator: Or maybe...?

Narrator: Or how about this?

Narrator: Try making your own action pose. How can you show energy and motion? Have someone take a photo of you in your pose.