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Untitled #HO-IV-13 (set of three)

1999 John Leighton Born: Hollywood, California 1948 blown glass overall: 12 3/4 x 25 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (32.5 x 65.4 x 45.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Amy Morgan, Morgan Contemporary Glass 1999.43A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

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"I find these glass forms to be strangely familiar, intimate and sensual. They reference . . .  the cycle of life in the plant world." Artist profile, Renwick curatorial file

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In 1994, John Leighton participated in the International Glass Symposium in Novy Bor in the Czech Republic. He worked with teams of glassblowers from Czech factories and created large, colorful sculptures that he described as "fantasy plant life." Back in the States, he continued this work with students at San Francisco State University. His sculptures do not represent actual flowers or fruit, but evoke the abundant colors of plant life during the autumn. Leighton often used opaline glass, and here the rich, iridescent colors of this material emphasize the rounded forms of the pods, which appear to burst with life.


Object - flower

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About John Leighton

Born: Hollywood, California 1948