Torque

  • 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

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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.

Title
Torque
Artist
Date
1972
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
14 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (35.6 x 18.4 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and the Smithsonian Women's Committee

Mediums
Mediums Description
polyester resin, silver plate, and 24k gold
Classifications
Object Number
1993.10
Palette
Linked Open Data
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