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Recycled Glass Vest

2002 April Zilber Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1959 cut, fused, and assembled found glass, wired metallic ribbon, glass beads, and buttons 15 1/4 × 12 5/8 × 11 in. (38.7 × 32.1 × 27.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Shelby M. and Frederick M. Gans in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995-2003) © 2002, April Zilber 2003.32 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B

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Recycled Glass Vest is a departure from April Zilber's usual art. Here she cut rings from more than two hundred narrow-necked clear glass bottles, fused a few of their sides in the kiln, and laced the components together with 174 feet of wired ribbon to form a vest. Zilber's body of work often draws inspiration from nature, a concept evident in Recycled Glass Vest, as the repeating glass rings intentionally reflect the pattern of tree cells. This piece was made for a wearable-glass art fashion show at the 2002 California Glass Exchange conference at San Jose State University and is the first of several works Zilber made involving wearable and bottle glass.


Dress - accessory - vest

decorative arts

Crafts - Mixed Media


readymade - beads

About April Zilber

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1959