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Photo Credit: © 2009 Estate of Harry Bertoia / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Flower That Took So Long to Grow

20th c
48 in. x 28 in. x 29 in. (121.92 cm x 71.12 cm x 73.66 cm)

Harry Bertoia, Italian-American, (March 10, 1915–1978)

Object Type: Sculpture
Creation Place: North America, United States, Pennsylvania
Medium and Support: Stainless steel wires
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Rosenbaum
Accession Number: 92.12

The Long Beach Museum of Art dedicated a Bertoia welded sculpture, Flora Fauna, 1964, in the Museum’s sculpture garden in 1966. Following the dedication of Flora Fauna, Museum patrons, the Rosenbaums, approached Bertoia about a commission to be installed at their home in Long Beach. They sent photographs of their home to him in Pennsylvania and Bertoia remarked “your garden is so beautiful especially for one whose feet have just left the snows.” Bertoia wrote to them that stainless steel would be the best suited for a seaside location and that the “wires are so balanced that the sculpture’s best form is arrived at when level at the base.” Though he was enthusiastic about the commission, Bertoia’s production schedule was less swift than the Rosenbaums wished, thus the title of the sculpture as Bertoia described it in a letter to the Rosenbaums.

2008-2009: "Modernism and The Wichner Collection," November 7, 2008 - August 16, 2009, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Abstract steel wire sculpture

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  • H: 48; W: 28; D: 29 inches Dimensions: 48 x 28 x 29 in. (121.92 x 71.12 x 73.66 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Harry Bertoia
    Role: Artist
    Place: Bally, Pennsylvania
    Dates: 1966, 1966

  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Rosenbaum
    Role: donor
    Place: Long Beach, California
    Dates: 1966, November 25, 1992

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