Stanley Lechtzin, Torque, 1972, polyester resin, silver plate, and 24k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1972, Stanley Lechtzin, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and the Smithsonian Women's Committee, 1993.10
A torque was a metal collar or neck chain worn by the Gauls, Germans, and Britons. The name comes from the Latin for “twist,” which is what must be done to the piece to wear it. This collar was created using a process called electroforming, in which metal is electronically manipulated into thin, lightweight sheets. Stanley Lechtzin compares the process to those found in nature, saying, “It brings to mind crystal growth, the growth of coral under the sea, and the multiplication of simple organisms as observed under a microscope.
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14 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (35.6 x 18.4 x 16.5 cm)
© 1972, Stanley Lechtzin
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and the Smithsonian Women's Committee
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- polyester resin, silver plate, and 24k gold
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