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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Walking to Boras

Artist: Jim Dine (born 1935)
Date: 2006
97 3/4 x 45 x 51 in. (248.3 x 114.3 x 129.5 cm)
Medium: Enamel on wood
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.7
On View
Accession Number: 2010.7
Provenance(Pace Gallery, New York, NY); to John Mack; to (Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2010
Label TextJim Dine has been fascinated by the story of Pinocchio since he saw the Walt Disney film adaptation of the children's book as a six-year-old. The story of the puppet turned real boy was originally written by Italian author and journalist Carlo Collodi. First printed as a serial in an Italian newspaper in 1881, it was published as a book in 1883. Walking to Boras is part of a group of works focusing on Pinocchio, including book illustrations, paintings, and sculptures. Dine created this wood sculpture in preparation for the thirty-foot-tall bronze statue Walking to Boras (2008), commissioned by the city of Borås, Sweden.

While exploring the subject, Dine became fascinated by the "magical" relationship between creator and material, and the idea of a carved wooden figure becoming a boy, which can be seen as a metaphor for the possibilities of art. "It's the ultimate alchemical transformation," Dine explained.