Innerland

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Innerland
Accession Number: 
86.4.180
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 9.9 cm, W: 49.3 cm, D: 49.3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1980
Credit Line: 
Anonymous gift
Web Description: 
Innerland is a multipartite glass sculpture that expresses designer Eric Hilton’s concept of the unity of life and of the “inner being, or inner land, which is shared by all people everywhere.” The complex design and flawless execution of this exceptional sculpture make it one of Steuben’s greatest achievements. The highly refractive quality of Steuben glass was exploited by Hilton in this crystal landscape, with its dreamlike topographical features that are meticulously engraved, cut, and sand-sculpted. Four years in the making, the sculpture offers an opportunity for meditation on a mystical, inner world, an enchanted microcosm to discover and explore. Eric Hilton (b. 1937), who studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, has taught at universities in Scotland, England, the United States, and Canada. He continues to produce designs for Steuben.
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; cast, cut, engraved, sandblasted, polished. Square; thirty-eight cut pieces which, when assembled form 25 cubes placed together in a thick, flat, square; engraved and sandblasted imagery projects into glass from the underside and sides of components except for one large engraved lens which rests on surface (B4); design consists of an imaginary landscape radiating from (C3); the center, five-part cube consisting of a free central squared column containing a small "cell" air trap and four beveled free sides with engraved imagery of a fortress walls; remainder of surrounding piece roughly divided into four quadrants; first consists of (A1,2 and B1,2) bursting concentric circles of energy and intertwined tree roots surrounding a faceted, pyramidal mountain; second quadrant consists of (D1) block divided horizontally into two parts with large split center air trap, (E1) mountain with central air trap, (E2) two-part block with center free cylindrical column, (D3, E3) honeycomb of small polished "eye" lenses; third quadrant consists of (D4,5 and E4,5) four blocks surrounding free four-sided columnar prism with central small air trap, each block has concentric rings of energy/roots leading from a "tree of life" (E3,4) and running up to four buttressed sides of central lens; (C4,5) main path to fortress intersected by two gates and a small free diamond-shaped prism sitting between both blocks, path flanked by low mountains; fourth quadrant consists of (A3) two-part block divided vertically with split large, central air trap, clouds and fine vertical lines of "rain", (A4) vortex/mountain surrounding small air trap, (A5) cylindrical free column with cloud formation on two sides and concentric ring/ roots, (B4) free, thin, flat lens which sits on top of cube and is engraved with abstracted image of flying bird; unsigned.
The Cutting Edge: 200 Years of the Crystal Object
Venue(s)
M. H. De Young Memorial Museum 1992-02-22 through 1992-05-17
Toledo Museum of Art 1992-06-30 through 1992-08-22
National Museum of American History 1992-10-03 through 1993-01-24
Denver Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# 134015
Flawless Until the End (2012-01) illustrated, p. 49;
Corning Museum of Glass 60 Years (2011) illustrated, p. 13, lower left; BIB# 138760
Hilton Innerland (family) (2011)BIB# 134406
Hilton Innerland (adult) (2011)BIB# 134407
Czech and Slovak Glass in Exile (2007) illustrated, p. 16; BIB# 100066
Steuben Design (2004) illustrated, pp. 104, 105; BIB# 84868
The Gather (2004) illustrated, p. 8;
Steuben Glass: An American Tradition in Crystal (2003 edition) (2003) pp. 18-19, 21, 43, 170-171; BIB# 75000
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum (1992-06) illustrated, p. 55;
The Cutting Edge: 200 Years of Crystal (1992) fig. 44; BIB# 35042
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 104, 107; #90; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 224-225, pl. 104; BIB# 33819
Recent Important Acquisitions, 29 (1987) illustrated, pp. 130-131, #51; BIB# AI19055
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1986 (1987) illustrated, cover; p. 4, 6;
Recent Acquisitions: Corning (New Work) (1986) p. 38;