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Libby Russell - Rocket Man (I Think it's Going to be a Long, Long Time)

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2024 High School Student Exhibition

Libby Russell - Rocket Man (I Think it's Going to be a Long, Long Time)

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Title: Rocket Man (I Think it's Going to be a Long, Long Time)
Medium: Clay, Glaze
Dimensions: 7" x 5.8" x 5.8"
School: Blair Academy
Grade: 11th

This sculpture entitled "Rocket Man" serves as the visual representation of Elton John's song, "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)". This song draws out the raw emotion of growing old alone — a fear that has more recently centered itself in my life after watching my grandparents do the same. Knowing this is how I and many others interpret the storyline the song develops, I knew I wanted to focus on "Rocket Man"'s appearance, this being an older man withering due to the passage of timelessness in his life. His bagged eyes, drawn-down winkles, and deep expression lines contribute to the song's themes of aging, isolation, and detachment from familiarity. This piece explores these themes in the visual form and puts a face to the iconic name, "Rocket Man."


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