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1995 Mary Ann Scherr Born: Akron, Ohio 1921 Died: Raleigh, North Carolina 2016 sterling silver and 14k gold beads 14 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. (35.5 x 12.8 x 8.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund © 1995 Mary Ann Scherr 1996.80 Not currently on view

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“[M]etal has been my canvas for discovering new paths to techniques, materials, methods, and tools.” Artist quoted in 1971-1991: Four Artists Reflect, 1991

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Waterfall is one in a series of pieces Mary Ann Scherr produced that emulate falling water. Translating the ephemeral qualities of water into hardened metal, the artist has strung minute tubes of soldering material onto nylon-coated wires that spill forth from the neck. The ordinary motions of the human body transform the piece into a kinetic sculpture, in which the sterling silver and gold beads suggest the tips of waves in currents of water.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver