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Gidon Graetz
Mind, Body, and Spirit

Project Area:  Bunker Hill
Project:  Stuart M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA
Project Location:  401 S. Hope Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Marking the entrance to the YMCA at the corner of Hope and 4th Street is Gidon Graetz's "Mind, Body, and Spirit." Graetz's polished 20'h x 20'w stainless steel and bronze abstract sculpture embodies the YMCA's core mission. The piece is mounted on a black granite base and located on the public plaza adjacent to the street. Graetz forged his sculpture out of stainless steel and bronze sheets at his own foundry.
Mind, Body, and Spirit

Artist Profile

Born in Tel Aviv in 1929, Gidon Graetz moved to Europe to study art in the mid-1950s. In Florence, he studied at Accademia delle Belle Arti under the guidance of sculptor Pericle Fazzini. He furthered his studies in Paris at Les Beaux Arts under Marcel Gimond. Graetz settled near Florence where he opened a foundry. He casts his sculptures in the spirit of the method used during the Renaissance. Known for his mastery with metals, he developed a new technique in bending and soldering stainless steel and bronze which is evident in his many monumental public sculptures. He has exhibited his work internationally with many of his sculptures permanently sited in the United States, Germany, Israel, and Australia.