“When I began thinking about Helios, I knew I wanted to create a piece that would reflect energy, elegance and joy, with a twist of mystery. I chose the red and yellow colors to bring warmth to the piece, yellow for the disc, representing he sun, and to create a contrast with the dark base. If a passer-by pauses to look t my sculpture, and forgets for a moment the dreariness of life, I think Helios will ave accomplished something.” Philippe Mougne studied drawing, painting, and culpture at l’Ecole Boulle in Paris. He began as a contemporary furniture designer nd then went on to create original pieces of furniture. While studying musicology at the University of Provence, he began making string musical instruments. He took up sculpture again after moving to Washington DC in 1995. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Studio Gallery, Dupont Circle, the Washington Sculptors Group, and the Washington Project for the Arts.