Rodo Logo Existo (The Thinking Cow)

Rodo Logo Existo (The Thinking Cow)

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Artist: Felipe Madureira, Luiz Almeida & Kilo Cesar
Sponsor: Pirelli
Event: CowParade San Paulo, Brazil 2005
Type: Resin
Size: The Collection (Medium, 8.5" x 6")
Intro Date: Summer 2006
Re-Intro Date: Fall 2011

Rodo Logo Existo is a bovine homage to one of Rodin's most famous sculptures - The Thinker Statue. This "Thinker" was part of CowParade Sao Paulo. She contemplates life sitting comfortably on a stack of Pirelli tires. Pirelli was the sponsor of this historical masterpiece.

The orignal Thinker was part of a commission by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris to sculpt a monumental door based on The Divine Comedy of Dante. Each of the statues in the piece represented one of the main characters in the epic poem.

Initially named the The Poet, The Thinker statue was intended to represent Dante himself at the top of the door reflecting on the scene below. However, we can speculate that Rodin thought of the figure in broader, more universal terms. The Thinker is depicted as a man in sober meditation battling with a powerful internal struggle. The unique pose with hand to the chin, right elbow to the left knee, and crouching position allows the statue to survey the work with a contemplative feel.