Alpine Landscape (Baden bei Wien #177)

Copied David Huchthausen, Alpine Landscape (Baden bei Wien #177), 1978, glass, 76 in. (17.815.2 cm) diam., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken, 1999.57.8

Artwork Details

Alpine Landscape (Baden bei Wien #177)
76 in. (17.815.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken
Mediums Description
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — mountain
  • Landscape — weather — snow
  • Landscape — tree — evergreen tree
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Artwork Description

Baden bei Wien was made in Baden, Vienna, during David Huchthausen’s European travels in the late 1970s. There were no production facilities available for the sculptures he intended to make, so he developed glassblowing skills on his own. The thick clear glass encases and blurs the layers of mountains and trees, simulating the experience of moving quickly through the landscape.

Luce Object Quote

“My work is deliberately . . . mysterious. I constantly strive to generate a strange and curious quality that both tantalizes and challenges the viewer to develop his own response system. The work must have an existence and energy of its own if it is to have any real significance.” David Huchthausen, Seattle Times, 1985