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Also Sprach Zarathustra (1979)


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The title for this painting was taken from "2001: A Space Odyssey", the opening track music "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss. Always associated during the film with the black monoliths and eclipses (fittingly since the original symbolises sunrise), this music comes to represent monumental events in the history of mankind as orchestrated by these mysterious forces. By association, this music came to signify humanity's efforts in boldly going where no-one had gone before, and was used in similar situations such as the TV coverage of the Apollo Moon missions and landings in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Here, the crucified Christ replaces the monolith.

This sculpture is part of a private collection.

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