Photo of a sculpture in Naples, Florida

Weekly Gem #253, "I don't do circles."

Published 3/27/2021

Location: This weekly gem is hanging on the wall of the Naples Art Association building in Naples, FL (see the Clue Me! Map).

Sculptor Jane Manus creates shapes with metal – but only angular shapes.

“I don’t do circles,” she says. “I don’t have anything against them. It’s just not me.”

Yet the variation of akimbo, oblique, skewed and slanted intersections create new and sundry shapes that change their look depending on your perspective. Manus said her techniques, when viewed in person, “make it seem like you can move through it.”

If you look closely, you'll see that this very thing happened to a little lizard in this piece called, "Descending the Stairs"!

Manus began her career working with steel, but she found that people don't like rust. So she switched to smooth aluminum, which still gives her art the desired look of being solid, enduring, and steadfast. As you move around and view her art from different directions, the positive and negative spaces within it also change … and before you know it you’re drawn into what looked at first glance like a simple, metal sculpture. 


Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.


A ladder? 


Sculpture, "Descending the Stairs" by Jane Manus 

Why It's Interesting

It's a nice variety of angles, light and dark to ponder.

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