Finding Strength in Bronze

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47

When the Nevada Cancer Institute commissioned Louis Longi to create “Flight Invoked,” a 25-foot bronze sculpture, he knew that he would finally be able to “complete the circle of fulfillment.” Fifteen years ago, Longi’s father died after a battle with cancer.

Longi creates art that delves into the deepest of human emotions, represented by layered bronze sections of partial human forms. He created “Flight Invoked” to symbolize the Greek goddess Athena because she is said to be enlightened by reason and protect the community. Standing outside the entrance of the cancer facility, the piece is meant to be a symbol of strength.

Keep an eye out for “Movement,” Longi’s next installation, in Montalvo Park in Ventura, Calif. For more information, visit

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