Mountains by Moonlight

  • Mark Peiser, Mountains by Moonlight, 1984, glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson, 1996.85.1

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Mark Peiser has made many sculptures that show landscapes with a sun or moon hovering above. He forms the initial image by pouring layers of molten glass into a mold, then quickly adds a dollop of a different color to the hot mixture for the floating sphere. In Mountains by Moonlight a simple twist of frosted glass creates the illusion of rolling hills below a clear blue sky. The highly polished planes of glass on the outside refract the image so that we see a slightly different view from each angle.

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“I’d like to convince somebody there’s something inside here, something worth consideration or contemplation.” Peiser, quoted in Byrd, “Mark Peiser,” New Work, Spring 1989

Title
Mountains by Moonlight
Artist
Date
1984
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
8 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (22.6 x 11.8 x 7.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson

Mediums
Mediums Description
glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – time – sunrise
Object Number
1996.85.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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