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Paper Pod

1995 John Garrett Born: El Paso, Texas 1950 printed paper, wood, brass, copper, and plastic 13 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (33.7 x 40.0 x 40.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld 1997.41.2 Not currently on view

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Paper Pod was created after John Garrett settled in New Mexico in 1990. The muted colors of the newsprint and architectural drawings, and the organic forms of the base and the attached pieces, are linked to Garrett's experience of the landscape around Albuquerque. He feels that the folds of brown paper and the bits of metal on twisting stems suggest the slow crumbling of adobe, the deaths of flowers in the desert, and other "metaphors for growing older" and "going through changes" ("Bridge V," 1998).




Object - written matter

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - copper



About John Garrett

Born: El Paso, Texas 1950

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