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Carroza Solar

ca. 1992 Susan Plum Born: Houston, Texas 1944 blown and lampworked glass, fired lusters, paint and metal 29 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 8 in. (74.3 x 35.8 x 20.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Label

Carroza Solar, or "solar chariot," is an assemblage of different artistic materials and forms that evoke ribs, horns, and vertebrae as well as birds and the sun. This piece is reminiscent of a retablo, a small private devotional painting from Mexico and South America. It serves as a symbol of participatory ritual. The simple abstract forms and opulent color and light are designed to spark a dialogue between the piece and its audience.



Animal - bird

Landscape - celestial - sun

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass




About Susan Plum

Born: Houston, Texas 1944