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Spinning Bell

1992 Brad Silberberg Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1953 Bradley Metal Design (Manufacturer) forged steel and brass with sanded black oxide finish overall: 13 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (33.3 x 30.7 x 8.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Robert and E. Pat Schaffer © 1992, Brad Silberberg 1997.17A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


Luce Center Quote

“The . . . soft curves and hard markings [on the metal] reflect my fascination with the irony of iron---its erotic formability when hot, its unyielding strength when cold.” Brad Silberberg, 1999

Luce Center Label

Brad Silberberg has made more than one hundred and sixty stamping tools. He uses an air hammer to drive these stamps and their unique designs into the hot metal. The hammered marks and blackened finishes give Silberberg’s objects an aged quality. We see this in Spinning Bell, which appears weathered, the black oxide finish fading away to reveal patches of shiny steel.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - steel