The Hyades

  • Ibram Lassaw, The Hyades, 1951, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.64

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Ibram Lassaw gave many of his sculptures titles based on stars and galaxies, naming The Hyades for an open cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation. He asserted that he did not intend to create constellations, but saw similarities between the completed sculptures and the arrangement of stars and planets in space. In The Hyades he created the initial shape from welded wire, then gradually built up the form using drips of molten bronze.

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“One must think and dream directly with the material. The experience of manipulating material teaches the imagination.” Ibram Lassaw, Leonardo, October 1968

Title
The Hyades
Artist
Date
1951
Location
Dimensions
13 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (34.9 x 54.6 x 16.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1986.92.64
Palette
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