A lullaby in bronze, the soft curves of Allan Houser’s Singing Heart seem to flow from the song the mother sings to her swaddled child. Still awake, but barely, the child stares off into whatever dreamland his mother’s song creates. Mother and child are one, in patinated bronze, but Houser deftly sets off the blanket that encircles and unites them. The mother’s adornments–necklace and earrings–lend the piece a touch of rebellion. She isn’t about to subordinate her identity to her child. If she wants to look good, she will.
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