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1996 Eric Hilton Born: Bournemouth, England 1937 kiln-formed crystal ground, cut and polished granite overall: 9 1/2 x 8 x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm) part A (large glass block): 6 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (15.3 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm) part B (small glass block): 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (14.3 x 14.3 x 6.1 cm) part C (granite base): 1 1/8 x 8 x 8 in. (2.9 x 20.4 x 20.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.61A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Quote

"Glass can take your mind on an adventure." Eric Hilton, Center Magazine, 1994

Luce Center Label

Inspired by views from the Hubble Space Telescope, Storm aims to connect disturbances in the remote universe to more familiar weather systems on Earth. The captured air bubbles within the solid glass appear to be rising to the surface, and the soft "veils" of texture contrast with the sharp form of the exterior. Hilton immerses the glass in cold water while it is still warm to create the fissures and cracks of this ghostly landscape.



Allegory - other - nature

Waterscape - weather - storm

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

animal parts - leather

glass - crystal


stone - granite