Public Art

Kindly Geppetto

By Tom Otterness
Category: Sculpture


Otterness creates cast bronze sculptures inspired by fairy tales, cartoons and early animation. His work often appears comical, but carries a serious message. In Kindly Geppeto, Geppeto, a carpenter and the fictional creator of Pinocchio, is about to hammer the poor puppet. Pinocchio wants only to be a real boy, but first he must prove himself truthful and be able to tell right from wrong. Otterness explores this complicated relationship between the creator and his creation.

Courtesy of The Gateway Foundation.

Dimensions: 104.5″ x 68″ x 65.5
Year Completed: 2001
Material: Bronze
Owner: Gateway Foundation

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