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Eric Hilton

Storm
1996
crystal and granite
9 1/2 x 8 x 8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Deep within this sculpture, a storm appears to be blowing across an unknown landscape. The cold, pristine glass, suggestive of a block of perfect ice, reinforces the sense of a hostile environment. Eric Hilton is aware that phenomena in outer space, such as storms on the sun, affect our planet. Storm is the artist's invitation to contemplate the great mystery of our place in the universe. In his small sculpture Hilton captures a sense of the cosmos in constant expansion, frozen in time in pure glass.