The present sculpture consists of seven cone-shaped abstract forms. Each cone is unique in size, patina, and texture due to the individual nature of the welded wires and melted brass.

Harry Bertoia

American, 1915-1978

Cones, 1961

Melt coated brass over nickel and welded wires

19 x 27 x 9 inches

Bertoia made the present work, Cones, in 1960 as a preparatory design for an important commission in Dallas, Texas. Real estate developer Trammell Crow selected Bertoia to design a sculptural series that was the centerpiece for Stemmons Towers International Sculpture Garden located within Crow’s newly developed property. Installed in 1964, Bertoia designed four large bronze abstracts that represented a family. Cones demonstrates many of the design concepts and welding techniques that were used in the larger project. The present sculpture consists of seven cone-shaped abstract forms. Each cone is unique in size, patina, and texture due to the individual nature of the welded wires and melted brass.

The present sculpture consists of seven cone-shaped abstract forms. Each cone is unique in size, patina, and texture due to the individual nature of the welded wires and melted brass.