The small sculpture consists of dozens of carefully welded thin rods terminating with miniscule beads and affixed to a center orb.

Harry Bertoia

American, 1915–1978

Dandelion Sprig, c. 1960s

Beryllium copper and brass

16 x 13 x 5 inches

 

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Dandelion Sprig is a unique and rare example of Bertoia’s dandelion forms that he first conceived in 1957 and continued to produce throughout the 1960s. While he developed the dandelion forms at the same time as the bush and tree sculptures, the flowers took on an ethereal and delicate quality unlike his other works. Typically designed as a sunburst that is suggestive of a flower that has gone to seed, the present sculpture is a whimsical variation that resembles a wind-blown flower that has lost its petals. The small sculpture consists of dozens of carefully welded thin rods terminating with miniscule beads and affixed to a center orb. While Dandelion Sprig is more static than Bertoia’s sonambient sculptures, the thin rods pulsate with movement and shimmer in the light.

The small sculpture consists of dozens of carefully welded thin rods terminating with miniscule beads and affixed to a center orb.