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Captivating sculpture in capital of former world’s empire

Captivating sculpture in capital of former world’s empire

Faile - Patrick McNeil, Patrick Miller - Wolf Within, 2012, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Faile - Patrick McNeil, Patrick Miller - Wolf Within, 2012, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
FAILEWolf Within, 2012, Fiberglass, Steel & Granite, 500cm, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

In October of 2012, New York artists FAILE unveiled their sculpture Wolf Within at the site of the National Garden Park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The figure—a man cloaked in a wolf pelt, tearing away the remnants of a two piece suit in revelation—is a familiar one for those acquainted with FAILE’s work. Wolf Within was conceived on the brink of the 2008 financial crisis for a series of paintings that fused a decadent capitalist landscape with a lost but resurgent past. Images of native warriors set amidst gleaming skyscrapers opened the question of what we lose and gain in our pursuit for ever greater wealth, and figured the dangers of our entrenched political and economic systems.

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