A Freedom of the Human Spirit, Study, Bronze, Marshall M. Fredericks, 1964, From the collection: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
The Freedom of the Human Spirit was originally sculpted for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. It stood in the Court of States area of the fair. In explanation, Fredericks has said:
“The idea was that these human beings, these people-us, do not have to be limited to the earth, to the ground. We can free ourselves mentally and spiritually whenever we want to, if we just try to do so.”
‘I feel like when I’m dancing… I feel seen the way I want to be seen.’
Artist Annie Edwards embraces her love of movement and music with a drive for social justice in a short film from Safe to Be Me, a creative festival of dance organised by the Scottish Ballet for young people aged 10–25. Watch the whole film here.
Shantanu & Nikhil and Obeetee pay homage to India through a brand new collection of luxurious carpets via AD India
Designers Shantanu & Nikhil give new-age expressions to what ‘Independence' means to them. They derive inspiration from the three most luxurious forms of freedom— to choose, to live and to call oneself a proud citizen. The vibrant carpets within this theme exhibit bold victory flag patterns, a palette of red and navy reflecting the power of the army, and the undying spirit of valour through symbols and motifs utilised during national celebrations.
Dancing Woman, Rabindranath Tagore, 1928/1940, From the collection: National Gallery of Modern Art
Tagore represents a combined structure that is half bird, half human. The bird/human can be seen swaying along with wind creating a sense of happiness and freedom. This image, however, possesses oppositional reading whereby to some audiences it may appear as if the artist is trying to compare a bird to a human in order to create the realization that we humans cannot fly and be as free as birds. On the other hand it may be interpreted that freedom does not require you to have wings, thus symbolizing equality within humans whereby we are all capable and deserve to live a free life.
Give me the long, straight road before me,
A clear, cold day with a nipping air,
Tall, bare trees to run on beside me,
A heart that is light and free from care.
Then let me go! – I care not whither
My feet may lead, for my spirit shall be
Free as the brook that flows to the river,
Free as the river that flows to the sea.
― Olive Runner