Storm

Copied Eric Hilton, Storm, 1996, kiln-formed crystal ground, cut and polished granite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.61A-C

Artwork Details

Title
Storm
Artist
Date
1996
Dimensions
overall: 9 1288 in. (24.120.320.3 cm) part A (large glass block): 6 x 4 144 14 in. (15.310.810.8 cm) part B (small glass block): 5 585 582 38 in. (14.314.36.1 cm) part C (granite base): 1 1888 in. (2.920.420.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery
Mediums Description
kiln-formed crystal ground, cut and polished granite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory — other — nature
  • Abstract
Object Number
1997.61A-C

Artwork Description

Inspired by views from the Hubble Space Telescope, Storm aims to connect disturbances in the remote universe to more familiar weather systems on Earth. The captured air bubbles within the solid glass appear to be rising to the surface, and the soft "veils" of texture contrast with the sharp form of the exterior. Hilton immerses the glass in cold water while it is still warm to create the fissures and cracks of this ghostly landscape.

Luce Object Quote
"Glass can take your mind on an adventure." Eric Hilton, Center Magazine, 1994