On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)

On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)

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Object Name: 
On Extreme Fragility (Homage to Blaschka)
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Assembled Dimensions Vary; Largest Petal H: 20.3 cm, W: 90.2 cm, D: 34.9 cm
On Display
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.
Tognon, Caterina, Source
(g) across the middle of the petal faintly inscribed
(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
Istituto Veneto di Scienze ed Arti (Palazzo Franchetti)
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The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2008 (2009) illustrated, p. 13; BIB# AI94759
Anne + Patrick Poirier (2006) pp. 114-115;