Sphere within Sphere around the Globe

Recently I posted a picture on Probe around the Globe’s Instagram account of the Sphere within Sphere sculpture in Dublin. Before posting, I researched first. I knew this sculpture was made by Italian Artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. I found a whole list of other places where the Sphere within Sphere sculptures are located. This triggered me to search a little further and I found amazing pictures of all the Sphere within Sphere sculptures around the Globe!

When I first encountered the Sphere within Sphere Globe at the Vatican Museum, I was intrigued by its details. I love how it fits within one another. During my trip to Dublin I was very giddy with the fact I found another one. When I daydream about my next trip, I envision myself embarking on a journey to visit and see every single one of the Sphere within Sphere sculptures around the globe! Wouldn’t it be great to visit them all?

For my own fun and because I want to share these amazing pieces of art with you, I put together a list with more info and amazing Instagram pictures from all the Sphere within Sphere sculptures around the world! Let me know what you think of them or if you have a picture of one which you’d like to share!

Vatican Museum, Vatican City

This was my first encounter with the sculpture of Sfera con Sfera. At the Cortile della Pigna court yard of the Vatican Museum you’ll find the most photographed Sphere within Sphere orbs. My dad was fascinated by the design too and he took some amazing images.

The Sphere within Sphere sculptures are made by Italian Artist Arnaldo Pomorodo. I share a few amazing instagram pictures of this art from around the globe. Check which one is closest to you and go see for yourself.
The Sphere within Sphere at the Vatican Museum

Trinity College, Dublin Ireland

This Sphere within Sphere is the same age as me! From 1982, it was placed at Dublin’s Trinity College in front of the Berkeley Library. It measures 200 cm in diameter and you can find below my Instagram image.

United Nations Plaza, New York, USA

This bronze sculpture is from 1991 and measures 330 cm in diameter. I found this picture on Instagram with great reflections. Have you ever seen this one? New York just moved a little bit higher on my wanderlist!

“Sphere Within a Sphere” sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.United Nation

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Mt. Sinai Hospital New York, USA

New York is lucky for many reasons, but one of them is that they have 2 (yes two!) sphere within sphere bronze globes by Arnaldo Pomodoro. The one at Mt. Sinai Hospital is slightly bigger than the United Nations one (350 cm vs 330 cm). Below an impression.

#mtsinaihospitalnyc #outsidelookingin #pomodorosculpture #spherewithinsphere #window #linearshapes #fallwalkaroundnyc

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens Washington D.C. USA

The Sphere within Sphere number 6 has a steady place at the Hirshhorn Museum in their Sculpture Garden. This bronze is from the 1960’s.

Sunny detail of #ArnaldoPomodoro “Sphere No. 6 (Sphere within a Sphere),” regram 📷: @boombaptism #hirshhorn

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Pesaro, Italy

Look at this epic beautiful location and sculpture in Pesaro (a little hamlet south of Rimini) in Italy. The Sphere within Sphere at Pesaro is a true landmark, overlooking the Adriatic sea.

Teheran Museum of Art, Teheran, Iran

There is even a Sphere within Sphere tucked in the gardens of the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran. This was unfortunately one of very few picture I could find, but it seems the Spheres are taking over the entire globe (pun intended).

Hakone Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan

If we move across the globe further, we’ll end up in Asia, Japan to be more precise. Even in the land of the rising sun, these sphere within sphere bronze sculptures left their mark.

Other shapes and sizes

Ok, so the sphere within sphere sculptures around the globe have the same theme: orbs and globes. However, Arnaldo Pomodoro made a lot of other shapes and forms too. I’m going to display a few, as there are so many!

Pisa, Italy

If Pisa wasn’t amazing enough, they now have this mesmerizing sphere at the Piazza di Miracoli. Unfortunatly, when I was in Pisa last year, it was not yet displayed.

Milan, Italy

At the piazza Meda in Milan, you’ll find this disc. It is huge, measuring 450cm in diameter.

Torino, Italy

This Spirale Aparte, or odd spiral, is located in Torino. It seems the little works of art from the Italian artist are scattered across the country. This is indeed an odd form.

Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

Across the globe from Iran, we’ll find this patinated bronze pillar. You might think it is located in Pisa, Italy, but it’s not. This work is also from Arnaldo Pomodoro and was created in 1969. It measures 70 cm in diameter but reaches 500 cm in height.

POMODORO EN EL PARQUE | ‘Column’ (1978) by #ArnaldoPomodoro #MuseoRufinoTamayo #MexicoCity

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Los Angeles, USA

From the 80’s, this wing beat sculpture is sitting in the pound in front of the offices of the department of water and power. It brings across a powerful message sitting on top of the water, doesn’t it?


Which Sphere within Sphere have you seen?

There are so many more. If you start to google and look for more details, you come across pictures of spheres, discs, columns and many more odd shaped bronze art sculptures. Who joins me on a quest around the world to find them all? Do you feel your picture is missing from my list? Please let me know! In case you post your sphere within sphere picture on Instagram, don’t forget to use the hashtags #spherewithinsphere and #arnaldopomodoro

What do you think of these sculptures? Let me know!

The Sphere within Sphere sculptures are made by Italian Artist Arnaldo Pomorodo. I share a few amazing instagram pictures of this art from around the globe. Check which one is closest to you and go see for yourself.
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7 Comments

  1. Sandra

    I only saw the one at the UN in NYC.
    However, about 40 minutes north of Manhattan, there are 2 sculptures located in the Donald M Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo. It is Pepsi World Headquarter and their garden is opened to the public on the weekend.
    There is the “Grande Disco” which is a disc similar to the one in Milan and
    “Triad” which is a bronze pillar.

  2. Lis Flodin

    I would like to the artists name age when he started, material used to build from where, how many man hours to complete each, price of each, how he showed his spheres for sale, who purchased the items, How transported, artists age now with pic, a little of his background and his lifestyle now, pic where he lives today?

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