VCCA Labyrinth

THOMAS APRILE
VCCA Labyrinth, glass blocks, 12'x12'x6', 2004

Tom Aprile is a sculptor and tenured Associate Professor in the Sculpture Area at the University of Iowa. He received his BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1976 and his MFA from Syracuse University in 1978.

Tom has this to say about his current bodies of work, "The terror and anxiety of the people who were trapped in the stairwells and floors of the World Trade Center moments before the collapse, is unimaginable. It must have been akin to the experience of the seven boys and seven girls who were trapped in Daedalus’s labyrinth with the Minotaur. For me, Ground Zero as it has become to be known where the World Trade Center once stood and Daedalus’s Labyrinth evoke a similar response of fear, anxiety and disorientation. Images of walls and labyrinths have occupied my drawings and sculptures and have led to a career-long exploration of other archetypal structures such as caves, stairways and mineshafts. As an artist and creator of metaphors, I am compelled to continue planning and drawing these structures. I need to build and draw labyrinths so that I may physically create the arena, in order to dig deeper into these disturbing experiences of terror, and thereby give others the opportunity to share my experience by exploring and getting lost in the endless paths and corridors and even perhaps to ultimately find peace at labyrinth’s end."

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on February 12, 2005

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