The Cube of the Iceberg II


Larry Bell ( American, 1939 )

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Larry Bell is significant among a number of West Coast artists who began to experiment with the phenomenon of light and space in their art beginning in the 1960s. Bell explored up-to-the-minute industrial processes to make ephemeral, deliberate sculptures that engaged and sometimes tested viewers' perceptive capabilities. This forty-four-inch glass cube allows viewers to explore light and its reflection in such a way that the sculpture itself may seem to disappear. What is left is only the cube's blue surface, which reflects an image of the surrounding space (including perhaps viewers themselves). Bell says, "There are inherent qualities of the surface that I find very sensuous and beautiful. . . . [Each part] begins to make some kind of conversation with the room and everything in it."