Spinning Bell

  • Brad Silberberg, Spinning Bell, 1992, forged steel and brass with sanded black oxide finish, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1992, Brad Silberberg, Gift of Dr. Robert and E. Pat Schaffer, 1997.17A-C

Luce Center Label

Brad Silberberg has made more than one hundred and sixty stamping tools. He uses an air hammer to drive these stamps and their unique designs into the hot metal. The hammered marks and blackened finishes give Silberberg’s objects an aged quality. We see this in Spinning Bell, which appears weathered, the black oxide finish fading away to reveal patches of shiny steel.

Luce Object Quote

“The . . . soft curves and hard markings [on the metal] reflect my fascination with the irony of iron---its erotic formability when hot, its unyielding strength when cold.” Brad Silberberg, 1999

Title
Spinning Bell
Artist
Manufacturer
Date
1992
On View
Dimensions
overall: 13 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (33.3 x 30.7 x 8.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Robert and E. Pat Schaffer

Mediums
Mediums Description
forged steel and brass with sanded black oxide finish
Classifications
Object Number
1997.17A-C
Palette
Linked Open Data
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