Heart/Red Flower

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Object Name: 
Heart/Red Flower
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 120 cm
On Display
designed in 1973
made in 1976
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artists
Web Description: 
Someone once said, “Science is a ladder which you can climb rung by rung, but art has wings.”—Stanislav Libenský The internationally acclaimed artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová have pioneered, explored, developed, and defined cast glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. Heart/Red Flower was created for the Czech embassy in New Delhi, India. The New Delhi project, completed in 1974, included seven glass sculptures in addition to molded glass skylights. Libenský and Brychtová’s sculptures are cast in a technique called mold melting, in which chunks of glass are allowed to soften and melt into molds inside a large kiln. After the firing is complete, the sculpture is gradually cooled and then intensively cut, ground, and polished. The internal veiling in this sculpture is a result of the casting process.
Libensky, Stanislav (Czech, 1921-2002), Source
Brychtova, Jaroslava (Czech, b. 1924), Source
Primary Description: 
Red glass; mold-melted, cut.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Professor Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova: Pioneers of Contemporary Glass Art (2009-06) illustrated, p. 11;
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 45, fig. 51; BIB# 107146
New Glass Review, 28 (2007) illustrated, p. 82;
Rhinestone Cowboys (1997) illustrated, p. 15;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 220-221, pl. 103; BIB# 33819
New Glass Review, 6 (1985) illustrated, pp. 40-41, #114;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 24 (1982) illustrated, p. 109, #66; BIB# AI9252
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1981 (1982) illustrated, pp. 2, 4;
Czechoslovakian Glass: 1350-1980 (Exhibition) (1981) illustrated, pp. 120, 161, #118; BIB# 30316