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Rainbow Faucet

1965 Jim Dine Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1935 cast and painted aluminum 2 1/2 x 6 x 5 in. (6.3 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak 1981.63.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B

Luce Center Quote

"When I use objects, I see them as a vocabulary of feelings." Jim Dine, interview in New York World Journal Tribune, 1966

Luce Center Label

The title and subject of Rainbow Faucet show Jim Dine's interest in fusing imagination and everyday life. Dine chose a faucet as the focus for this piece because he spent much of his youth surrounded by tools in his grandfather's hardware store. The artist appreciates the formal and expressive potential of hardware and tools and keeps a stockpile of these in his studio for inspiration. However, he did not render the piece realistically, but rotated the fixture so that it stands upright. The plumbing fixture tapers to a droopy point and emits a rainbow-striped drop of water. Positioned vertically, the faucet looks goofy and resembles a phallus or an animal sticking out its tongue.




metal - aluminum

paint - acrylic

About Jim Dine

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1935

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