Harry BERTOIA (1915-1978)

Sonambient (sounding sculpture)
c. 1974
Beryllium copper rods, beryllium copper tops, bronze base, rods silvered to base
60 x 9 x 9 in. / 152.4 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm.
25 rods with slender cattail tops in a 5 x 5 configuration
-Provenance: Private Florida collector, originally purchased at a New York dealer, probably Staempfli Gallery.
-Certificate from the Harry Bertoia Foundation.

Legendary designer and sculptor Harry BERTOIA devoted the last two decades of his life to the creation of experimental sounding sculptures in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These innovative, interactive, kinetic and tonal works were coined “Sonambient” by the artist.​ Inspired by nature and activated by humans or wind, they cross the boundaries between the visual and auditory arts and are now getting a new appreciation with a recent exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, an ongoing exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art and an upcoming exhibition at the prestigious Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.