"Folpo Nero" (Black octopus)

Title: 
"Folpo Nero" (Black octopus)

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Object Name: 
Chandelier
Title: 
"Folpo Nero" (Black octopus)
Accession Number: 
2003.3.45
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 163.2 cm, W: 132.1 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2003
Web Description: 
Maria Grazia Rosin was born and raised in Venice, and she trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1992, she experimented with glass for the first time. Rosin has applied her inventiveness and humor to two of the most traditional Venetian forms in glass: the chandelier and the table centerpiece. This is one of a series of chandeliers in the form of octopuses and squids that the artist has made with the master glassblower and glass sculptor Pino Signoretto. With its waving arms, murky color, and staring eyes, the octopus evokes the mysterious depths of the ocean. This subject is perfect for Venice, a city that has had a long association with the sea. This extraordinary chandelier is both a sculpture and a lighting fixture. One of the arms of the huge octopus acts as the vertical shaft of the fixture, and the creature’s remaining arms (five large and two small) are shaped into the traditional arms of the chandelier. The invertebrate’s eyes are illuminated with fiber-optic lighting, and the deep black of the glass is enlivened with iridescent purple, blue, green, and gold sparkles. A small red squid hangs from the bottom of the chandelier.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Tognon, Caterina, Source
2003-07-21
Category: 
Inscription: 
'03 Folpo Maria Grazia Rosin
Signature and date
Engraved On "nose" of octopus's head in script
Primary Description: 
Colorless, black "aventurine" and red glass; blown, hot-worked, applied, assembled; metal hardware. Black chandelier with eight arms in the form of a large octopus. One large arm with suckers forms the vertical shaft with 5 similar arms covered with suckers positioned horizontally. There are also two smaller curving arms that end in pod-like shapes. The head of the octopus forms the main body with a 3 pronged red element hanging down from the head. When assembled it is a working light fixture with light shining from the colorless eyes and the base of the 5 arms.
The Gather (2004) illustrated, p. 5;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 25 (2004) illustrated, p. 91; BIB# AI63129
New Glass Review, 25 (2004) illustrated, p. 91;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2003 (2004) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# AI93746