The Garden Guide

Brancuzi, Constantin

Born - Died : 1876 - 1957

A Romanian sculptor. Constantin Brancuzi walked from Bucharest and settled in Paris. He was a carver with a superb sense of form and materials. In 1937 Brancuzi was asked to make a sculpture for a public park at Tugurju in Romania. It is almost a garden design and influenced the development of Land Art, Earth Art and Site Related Sculpture in the late-twentieth century. In the famous legal case of Brancusi vs. The United States the artist succeeded in arguing that his sculpture, despite its abstract nature, WAS art and therefore exempt from import-duty. In 1916 a judge had rulled against Brancusi on the grounds that his work did not comply with the dictionary definition of sculptures as 'imitations of natural objects in their true proportions'.