OOSI Sculpture

Night Passing the Earth to Day

1928 / Frank L. Jirouch / Cleveland

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Bold, bronze, and beautiful are the figures of Day and Night, overlooking Wade Lagoon. Even with their strengths combined, these two titans struggle under the weight of the globe on their shoulders. When entering from the grand Euclid Avenue entrance, one can't help but feel disruptive to this sacred cosmic ritual.

Jirouch has chosen to capture a fleeting, dramatic moment of change. Both figures have a heel off the ground, informing us that they are in motion. Night's gaze is cast down as she prepares to leave the weight of the world on Day's shoulders. Day's hips are still turned outward and she would be unable to hold the world on her own in this moment. Their two bodies create a subtle helical twist that further recalls the fact that this is a cycle; this monumental transfer of powers happens over our heads every morning and every night.

Jirouch was a Czech sculptor and native Clevelander who is thought to be responsible for up to 25 of the statues and busts in the Cultural Gardens. His experience living in France after World War I is evident in this dual figure sculpture, as it is reminiscent of much of the monumental sculpture throughout Paris.

Location: At the top of the grand staircase entrance to Wade Lagoon, Euclid Ave.

County

: Cuyahoga

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Citation

: Frank L. Jirouch, “Night Passing the Earth to Day,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed December 12, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1367.

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Title

Night Passing the Earth to Day

Description

Bold, bronze, and beautiful are the figures of Day and Night, overlooking Wade Lagoon. Even with their strengths combined, these two titans struggle under the weight of the globe on their shoulders. When entering from the grand Euclid Avenue entrance, one can't help but feel disruptive to this sacred cosmic ritual.

Jirouch has chosen to capture a fleeting, dramatic moment of change. Both figures have a heel off the ground, informing us that they are in motion. Night's gaze is cast down as she prepares to leave the weight of the world on Day's shoulders. Day's hips are still turned outward and she would be unable to hold the world on her own in this moment. Their two bodies create a subtle helical twist that further recalls the fact that this is a cycle; this monumental transfer of powers happens over our heads every morning and every night.

Jirouch was a Czech sculptor and native Clevelander who is thought to be responsible for up to 25 of the statues and busts in the Cultural Gardens. His experience living in France after World War I is evident in this dual figure sculpture, as it is reminiscent of much of the monumental sculpture throughout Paris.

Date

1928

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Location County

Location Site

At the top of the grand staircase entrance to Wade Lagoon

Location Street

Euclid Ave.

Creation Date

1928