Tucson Oddity: 'Flayed' sculpture is anyone's call

2011-02-28T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T11:47:28Z Tucson Oddity: 'Flayed' sculpture is anyone's callAndrea Rivera Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2011 12:00 am  • 

There's an obscure sculpture in downtown's El Presidio Park.

Titled "Flayed Figure," but also called "Winged Victory," the bronze sculpture is a human torso of sorts.

You won't find a description attached to its concrete base, so you'll have to draw your own conclusions as to what it represents.

Sculptor Donald Haskin, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, does offer one interpretation of the figure, which he worked on in the early 1970s.

"It's like empty armor," he said. "It wasn't intended to be figurative."

He added: "A lot of people like it. Some don't. Some people don't know what it is."

The sculpture was completed in 1972 and was one of several pieces of art that went up in downtown Tucson in the early '70s, said Peg Weber, a parks and recreation administrator with the city of Tucson.

At the time, downtown Tucson was undergoing renovations, Weber said.

You can find Haskin's sculpture on the east side of the park, near Superior Court.

Haskin's piece is just one of many inside El Presidio Park.

Other sculptures, statues, fountains and memorials make up the park's art collection.

The statue of a conquistador, "El Soldado Cuero," stands near City Hall.

A tribute to the U.S. 101st Infantry (Mormon) Battalion depicts two soldiers and a Tucson merchant.

The battalion briefly occupied the Presidio in 1846.

On Dec. 16, 1846, the U.S. flag was flown over Tucson, which was then part of the Mexican territory, for the first time.

You'll also find the bust of John F. Kennedy in the park.

Weber said works of art can be found in public spaces all around town.

"We invite the people to explore the art in the city," she said.

Contact reporter Andrea Rivera at arivera@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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