VAL BERTOIA (1949-), AMERICAN
"4 TOP SOUNDS" (SOUNDING SCULPTURE B-2225), 2019
Four heavy brass tops silvered to beryllium-copper rods and silvered to a brass base titled, dated 2019 and numbered Cat. No. B2225 in the artist's inventory. Accompanied by the artist's Certificate of Authenticity, signed with initials and stamped with his signature, "Bertoia."
48 x 12 x 5 in — 120.7 x 30.5 x 12.7 cm
Bertoia began making dynamic sculptures with his father in the 1970s. Working out of a barn turned studio, it was during this time that they created the “Sonambient” sculptures. These works, made of metal and drawing deep inspiration from the natural environment, are activated by touch, wind, and water in order to produce dazzling flows of movement and shimmering sound-scapes. Bertoia resumed creating these haptic and mesmerizing sculptures in the early 2000s.
Allentown, Pennsylvania's Channel 69 News recently featured the artist in his studio playing an entire installation of various sound sculptures in the barn where they are still produced.