"I like to explore the contrast between the organic fluidity of what I call the 'Mercury Effect' as a medium and the rectilinear rigidity of a cube to which it gives (and by which it is given) form. The 'Free Fall' is dynamic and leaves the observer in suspense, awaiting the inevitable tumble." -Rado Kirov
Sculptor Rado Kirov‘s background is in fine metal work. This much is evident in the mesmerizing, mirror-like quality of his stainless steel artworks, something he has dubbed the “Mercury Effect.”
He was born in Bulgaria and began as a coppersmith, learning under one of his country’s greatest craftsmen, Alexander Raev. In 1991, Rado moved to South African and began working in silver and gold. His skill and passion led to a number of high profile commissions: a silver chalice given to Pope John Paul II by Nelson Mandela, a silver rose bowl presented as a wedding gift to Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife by the South African government, and the official People’s Mace and the Black Rod Mace of the South AfricanParliament.
By 2012, Rado was looking for a new creative direction and he found it in stainless steel. He developed a new technique for manipulating the material, using its inherent physical properties to create shimmering three-dimensional surfaces that draw the viewers into their reflections. This new medium became the Mercury Effect, and it has earned the artist great acclaim.
Now, the largest work yet in this series, Free Fall III, is making its world premiere right here in Providence. This striking work of rippling cubes seemingly tumbling from the sky is sure to stop passersby in their tracks. We’re thrilled to give it a temporary home here in the Creative Capital, where it will join George Sherwood’s Grey Areas among The Avenue Gardens at LaSalle Square. It’s another fine addition to our growing collection of public art Downtown.