Harry Bertoia´s First Dandelion Sculpture
In his sculptural work, Harry Bertoia sought to replicate the beauty of the natural world in metal. This example, his first experiment with the dandelion style, may be the closest he came to truly capturing the delicate essence of the wild flower. Set into a small marble base, a chromed stem supports the spherical top. The center shows the experimental nature of the work, with each branch individually welded to the whole. To the end of each branch is attached a steel spray with incredibly slender wires. Over time the dandelion form would evolve to a more formally produced structure, with a much denser sphere, this most early example has a much lighter and airy appearance. This works´ historical significance cannot be understated, not only for its age, but as the earliest example of his most celebrated style.
84" H 32" Diameter