Cargo Seed

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Object Name: 
Cargo Seed
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Overall H: 12.5 cm, W: 195.7 cm, D: 13.7 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
Vallien is the most widely recognized and admired artist working in glass in Sweden. Like many Swedish studio artists, he has pursued a career designing for industry in addition to maintaining an independent practice. He is also a well-traveled teacher who has influenced an entire generation of artists working in glass in Europe and abroad. Sand casting—that is, pouring molten glass into a prepared bed of sand to create a form—is a technique that Vallien pioneered in the 1980s. He is best known for his sand-cast boats, such as Cargo Seed. These large boats, inspired by Viking boat burials, address the themes of journey, memory, and time. Elements of archaeology (re-creations of artifacts), water (palette), and states of consciousness, such as suspended animation (the immobilization of objects in glass), are also evident in this work.
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Former Collection
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
KOSTA BODA 305870593 B. Vallien
Engraved Along the top of the sculpture near the point signature in script
Primary Description: 
Sand-cast lead glass and hot-sculpted glass, glass and metal inclusions. Long boat shaped sculpture with embedded figures and shapes.
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Vallien Cargo Seed (family) (2011)BIB# 134418
Vallien Cargo Seed (adult) (2011)BIB# 134419
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009-09) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# AI78518
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 312-314, pl. 206; BIB# 109983
Legacy of Lives Under Glass (2006-02-16) illustrated
Contemporary Glass: A Private Collection (1988) pp. 18-19; BIB# 33000