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Jungle Bloom II

1956 Seymour Lipton Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Glen Cove, New York 1986 Monel metal with brazed nickel-silver 31 1/8 x 29 x 14 1/2 in. (79.0 x 73.7 x 36.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles 1977.2.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


Luce Center Quote

“Gradually the sense of the dark inside, the evil of things, the hidden areas of struggle became for me a part of the cyclic story of living things. The inside and outside became one in the struggle of growth, death, and rebirth . . .” Seymour Lipton, Art in America, Winter 1956-1957

Luce Center Label

During the 1950s, Seymour Lipton became more resigned to the idea that violence and death were unavoidable aspects of life. He moved away from the darker themes of struggle and conflict that had dominated his work, and began to explore plant forms. Inspired by the constant regeneration of nature, he molded sheet metal to represent the layers of growth that are found in all natural forms. In Jungle Bloom II the textured spirals and curves of metal evoke unfolding petals or leaves. The piece balances on a single point, creating a sense of weightlessness despite the thick layers of metal.

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Abstract

sculpture

concrete

metal - monel

metal - nickel silver

About Seymour Lipton

Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: Glen Cove, New York 1986

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