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Contest: Tag Us in a Picture of Rafael Barrios' Sculptures in NYC

Post a picture of one of the sculptures by Venezuelan artist Rafael Barrios on Park Avenue in New York City on Facebook and tag the Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. for a chance to win a prize!

Right now, nine of Barrios’ sculptures are arranged along Park Avenue between 53rd and 57th Streets. They were erected in March and will remain on display until the end of June.

The geometric sculptures, which are made of steel, each weigh over 2,000 pounds and stand over 20 feet tall. They appear in various colors such as silver, gray, white, purple, blue, and red, and are light-sensitive so that they change with the sunlight, according to Barrios.

Barrios, 64, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and grew up in Venezuela. From a young age, he studied painting and drawing at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, and he later went on to study sculpture and design in Toronto and New York. He has exhibited his work in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

In what he called “a marvelous stroke of luck,” Barrios was invited to do the project on Park Avenue while visiting New York last November for an art fair. He completed the sculptures in only seven weeks’ time, working with a team of artists in Miami.

The sculptures are presented by the Fund for Park Avenue and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in collaboration with various artists and arts organizations. Barrios is the first Venezuelan to participate in the series, which began in 2000, and the second Latin American artist after Fernando Botero.

About the Contest

To participate in the contest, simply post a picture of one of the sculptures on Facebook and tag the Embassy. A winner will be selected at random from among all those that enter. The prize is a copy of the DVD “Tocar y Luchar” (To Play and to Fight), a documentary about Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program known as “El Sistema.” The winner will be announced on Monday, July 2.

Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / June 6, 2012

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