On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)

Title: 
On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)
Accession Number: 
2008.3.78
Dimensions: 
Largest Petal H: 20.3 cm, W: 90.2 cm, D: 34.9 cm (assembled dimensions variable)
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
2003
Web Description: 
The Poiriers are highly regarded for their sculpture and installations in a variety of media, which often incorporate drawing, photography, and video. All of their artworks are concerned with memory, which for the artists represents the most constant source of information in a continuously changing world. On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka) addresses the fragility of life. It was inspired by the collection of delicate, realistic glass flowers made for Harvard University by the father-and-son lampworkers Leopold Blaschka (1822–1895) and Rudolf Blaschka (1857–1939). Some of the Blaschkas’ works in glass can be seen in the Museum’s European glass gallery. The three wilted petals and four pistils appear as if they had fallen from a giant lily, although no specific flower is represented. The large size of the petals is unusual, and it represents a significant technical achievement. Hot-sculpting in the mass (a massiccio) is one of the specialties of Pino Signoretto, who is the most skilled practitioner of this technique in the world.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Tognon, Caterina, Source
2008-10-13
Category: 
Inscription: 
FRAGILITY
inscription
(g) across the middle of the petal faintly inscribed
HEART BEAT
inscription
(d) across the middle of the petal
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, green, pink, green, yellow and brown glass. Blown and hot-worked glass "a massiccio." Sculpture consists of three large petals, three stamen and one pistil. Petal (d) inscribed HEART BEAT across the middle; petal (g) faintly inscribed FRAGILITY across the middle.
Vetri. Nel Mondo. Oggi
Venue(s)
Istituto Veneto di Scienze ed Arti (Palazzo Franchetti)
Jurors' Choice (New Glass Review 36) (2015) illustrated, p. 96; BIB# AI99413
The Gather (2011) illustrated, p. 7;
Contemporary Gallery Reinstalled (2011) illustrated, p. 7, middle; BIB# AI88808
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2008 (2009) illustrated, p. 13; BIB# AI94759
Anne + Patrick Poirier (2006) pp. 114-115;