Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color

Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard applying a patina to a section of her bronze sculpture Ona. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Ian Forster

Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard applying a patina to a section of her bronze sculpture Ona. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Ian Forster

“My biggest hope is that I get more courage, I get more trust in myself, I get more faith, that I’m able to do things that maybe I wasn’t able to do before.” —Ursula von Rydingsvard

In this Exclusive episode, filmed in August 2013, Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her large-scale sculpture Ona, which is permanently installed outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Originally made with cut cedar beams, the sculpture was cast in bronze at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, where von Rydingsvard is shown applying a patina to its undulating surface. By installing the work in a public space without security guards or barricades, von Rydingsvard is encouraging visitors to touch the work and “see with one’s hands.”

Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

Contributor
Ian Forster is Art21's associate producer. He joined the staff in October 2009, first working on William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to his work on Art21′s broadcast programming for PBS, Forster oversees the Web video series Exclusive and Artist to Artist and is deeply involved with New York Close Up.

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