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Old 04-03-2007, 09:26 AM
kerrtex333 kerrtex333 is offline
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String Sculpture?

I ran across the attached item on ebay and was fascinated by it. Not having an art background I have no idea if it is considered a sculpture or what. Can anyone give me an idea where I can find some information on this type of construction or what it is even called? I have the impression it may have been more popular several decades ago. Thanks, Terry
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:25 PM
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Re: String Sculpture?

Look up Naum Gabo (Constructivist) and his brother Antoine Pevsner.

Moore and Hepworth also experimented with 'string' in sculpture.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:39 AM
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Re: String Sculpture?

Dondougan, thanks for the info. Gabo's ideas on characterizing space without depicting mass are quite interesting. Terry
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:52 AM
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Re: String Sculpture?

Hey! I remember those lights from the late 70's. I wanted one, but thought I could make one out of wood and fishing line, and it was pretty easy. Only it seems like I used 1/4 inch plywood which doesn't really finish very pretty, but I prefered wood to plastic. The most fun part was stringing the line up. I don't remember how long I had it, it seems like the string broke and came completly undone. Wow, what a trip back in time! I made it in high school and had it till I got married I think.

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Old 05-01-2010, 01:52 PM
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Re: String Sculpture?

That is a hanging light designed by Naum Gabo, as you have found out. I found one in a garage sale and purchased it for a friend, though I have often wished I had kept it. The light bulb fixture had a cross piece made out of the acrylic that just held the piece by gravity. I think by the picture that it hung 180* from how it is in the pic.

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