Wrapped Light 32

Media - 2021.42 - SAAM-2021.42_1 - 143008
Copied Howard Ben Tré, Wrapped Light 3/2, 2008, cast glass, gold leaf, metal, pigmented waxes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Wendy MacGaw, 2021.42

Artwork Details

Title
Wrapped Light 32
Date
2008
Dimensions
footprint: 5 14 in. (13.3 cm) overall: 22 34 × 8 14 in. (57.8 × 21 cm) weight: 35.8 lb. (16.2 kg)
Credit Line
Gift of Wendy MacGaw
Mediums
Mediums Description
cast glass, gold leaf, metal, pigmented waxes
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2021.42

Artwork Description

Howard Ben Tré’s Wrapped Light seemingly transcends time and space. Light diffuses through a column of semiopaque glass and gold-leaf surface, casting a transfixing glow—an allusion to the mystery of life beyond the ordinary. Ben Tré achieves this effect by pouring molten glass into molds, a process he engineered in the late 1970s. 

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