Open Vessel

  • Helga Winter, Open Vessel, 1990, plum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1990, Helga Winter, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.31

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Helga Winter's objects retain the natural figure of tree trunks, branches, and roots. Open Vessel is turned from the trunk of a tree, and the rough bark around the edge reveals the tree's original size and shape. Winter carved a pattern of lines and circles onto the smooth, dark plum wood to evoke falling leaves.

Luce Object Quote
"The tree is shaped by the seasons, by the wind, the soil and rain, by the animals that crawl or land upon it. These influences turn and age the wood inside and the story of its struggle to reach the sun can be seen in the patterns of its grain." Helga Winter, 2003
Title
Open Vessel
Artist
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 1/8 x 11 x 11 1/4 in. (10.5 x 28.0 x 28.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb

Mediums
Mediums Description
plum
Classifications
Object Number
1995.100.31
Palette
Linked Open Data
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