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Image of Flora Fauna

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

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Flora Fauna

1964
20th c
66 in. x 31 in. x 22 in. (167.64 cm x 78.74 cm x 55.88 cm)

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

Object Type: Sculpture
Creation Place: North America, United States, Pennsylvania
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of the Museum Association of the Long Beach Museum of Art
Accession Number: 66-7.5

Commentary
In both title and appearance, "Flora Fauna" simultaneously alludes to a shrub, a torso, and an underwater plant form. Bertoia said of the piece: "The bronze registers something of the seven years Brigitta (his wife) and I have lived in California...maybe something suggestive of life in the Pacific." Consisting of many individual bronze wires welded to one central core, Flora Fauna vibrates and sounds when stroked bringing together aural and visual experiences in one single work of art.

Exhibition
1965: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Object Description
Abstract Bronze sculpture

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