Gallery Label: Harry Bertoia's sculptural installation reflects the optimism of the 1950s, when the economy boomed and broadcast television was transforming American culture. The largest cluster of the sculpture symbolizes the world transmitting light to the smaller forms that represent sight, sound, and electronic control, each of which also emits luminous impulses. Bertoia explained that "we live in a time dominated by...invisible forces....these [are] elements of the atomic and electronic age that I am trying to give sculptural shape and form." Bertoia's vision of global communications is a reality today, as satellites constantly receive and transmit signals for broadcast, cell phone, and computer communications.
Object number: 1979.107A-D
Medium: brazed and welded brass and bronze
Dimensions: 142 1/4 x 231 1/4 x 81 in. (361.4 x 587.4 x 205.8 cm)
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Department: Painting and Sculpture
Credit Line: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Zenith Corporation