In 2014, FAPE traveled to Guangzhou, China, to visit fifth grade students at the American International School. The students created their own personal maquettes that were inspired by Now, a FAPE site-specific sculpture created by Joel Shapiro for the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou. While each figure paid homage to a specific body posture such as pride, fear, engagement or dissention, similar to the meaning behind Shapiro’s work, students were asked to focus on the central idea of artists using multiples, or the notion that a piece has a new meaning with every change in perspective.
Shapiro says about his work, “The sculpture I created for the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou is a large essentially abstract work, but it has distinct figurative references. The individual forms are simple, but in concert they are unpredictable, complicated and engaging. The capacity for joyful play and free experimentation is universal, and I think transcends cultural boundaries. It is the very nature of art.”