Storm

  • 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

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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
Title
Storm
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Dimensions
overall: 9 1/2 x 8 x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
part A (large glass block): 6 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (15.3 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm)
part B (small glass block): 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (14.3 x 14.3 x 6.1 cm)
part C (granite base): 1 1/8 x 8 x 8 in. (2.9 x 20.4 x 20.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
kiln-formed crystal ground, cut and polished granite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Waterscape – weather – storm
  • Allegory – other – nature
Object Number
1997.61A-C
Palette
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