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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2019.11.58
People
Otto Piene, German (Laasphe, Westphalia, Germany 1928 - 2014 Berlin, Germany)
Title
Untitled (extensive notes and design for inflatable sculpture, two-page spread)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Sketchbook: Walker Art Center
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
sketchbook page, drawing
Date
1977
Culture
German
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/370114
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Blue ink on paper
Dimensions
open (approx.): 35.3 × 56.5 cm (13 7/8 × 22 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Left page, in blue ink: Prades, / Chateau de Riell, / (Roussillon) / VIII-14-77 / my thinking now goes, more and / more, in the direction of the / 25 (?) tip "windsock" (flower from / "ANEMONES") flower. I used it, suc- / cessfully, at Princeton. One tip / had been replaced by a "windsock" / neck, and it had been hung / from a wire stretched between trees. / An improved wind intake could / take care of it inflating (or two or / three); wind outlets hardly needed. / The red Princeton flower (not the / flying one) looked like a very sexy red / dinosaur when inflated & moved / by the wind. The Brussels / one could be slightly bigger but / should also be made / out of spinnaker / cloth.
  • inscription: Right page, in blue ink: If it wears out too soon / it would have to be / replaced by a / new one. / Calculate / costs of fabric / & labor! / Hanging - still using masts / & stranded wire - showed / leave as much freedom of movement for the "HORTA FLOWER" (?) / as possible.
Provenance
Elizabeth Goldring Piene, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene
Copyright
© Otto Piene Estate
Accession Year
2019
Object Number
2019.11.58
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Pages 115-116
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