"Oedipus at Colonus," Bronze sculpture of wrapped nude male figure by Leonard Baskin, Joslyn Sculpture Garden, Omaha
Leonard Baskin considered his sculptures ”memorials to ordinary human beings, gigantic monuments to the unnoticed dead: the exhausted factory worker, the forgotten tailor, the unsung poet . . . . Sculpture at its greatest and most monumental is about simple, abstract, emotional states, like fear, pride, love and envy .” Oedipus at Colonus (spelled differently in the title of the sculpture) is one of the three Theban plays of the Athenian tragedian Sophocles. The play describes the end of the blinded Oedipus’ tragic life, said to have occurred at Colonus, a village near Athens and Sophocles’ own birthplace.