Harry Bertoia’s Atmosphere for Enjoyment

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Enter the world of Harry Bertoia and you’re in a playground for all ages. There are the sculptures that attempt to reproduce his “Sonambient Stone Barn” in Pennsylvania. These are carefully mounted on a platform and are an immediate hit.  Children of all ages – young and old – can go to touch, wand and ripple the “sound sculptures” under the watchful eye of a docent who moderates the excited clanging and banging that these seductive “instruments” provoke. (Musicians are invited on certain days to come and create their own “music” on the premises.)

Bertoia’s artistic bent was not limited to sound. Around the gallery are his drawings and other interpretations of his sensate work. There is a special listening room, a gallery exhibiting his concepts of body sculpture (think jewelry) and, of course, his interpretation of furniture that Knoll embraced during his lifetime.

The man was a polymath of major proportions, and to visit his exhibition is to understand the true and vital life of a great artist.

Barbara Tober

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