Art

SocGen Private Banking Sponsors Environmental Artist

Devina Shah London 2 March 2011

SocGen Private Banking Sponsors Environmental Artist

Societe Generale Private Banking is sponsoring an artistic project by American sculptor Gregory Ryan, whose work “brings together art and the preservation of the environment”.

The bank is supporting Ryan for three years which will include an international exhibition in 2012. The firm views its support of the work as a commitment to sustainable development.

“The Ephemeral in the Eternal, Sculpting to Preserve” will consist of monumental bronze sculptures that represent the imprints of natural plant and animal species which are in the process of disappearing, or reconstitute landscapes that are being eroded out of existence.

The work aims to stimulate awareness of the beauty and fragility of nature. At the same time the choice of an immutable material, bronze, embodies the duality of the title, ensuring the permanence of these sculptures, the bank said.

The initiative is part of SocGen’s sponsorship policy which has supported contemporary art for 15 years.

Among the many private banks sponsoring events in the art world globally, one example is EFG International, which sponsors the London Jazz Festival. Its private bank also supports a short story award, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is said to boast the world’s largest cash prize for a short story.

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