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Open Spirals – Variations on a Theme
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Photo Credit: Fred Aron Photography

Ceiling-suspended Sculpture

Phosphor Bronze – Bobbin Lace

Individual Open Spiral:  15” H x 8” W x 7” D

Pair of Open Spirals:   29” H x 18” W x 8” D


I used 12 strands of 60” long twisted phosphor bronze wire with Dieppe Ground stitch to make each of 8 ribbons of bobbin lace, 3” wide x 16.5” long.  I shaped each flat ribbon into an open spiral, drew the bottom edge up and stabilized the 3-dimensional form by stitching the long wire ends to the lace with wire, creating sprays of wires centered by rosettes.

Initially created for a public art project, 16 Open Spirals have been reconfigured into a variety of possible hanging arrangements:  a pair of Smalls (above), a trio of Smalls (below) and 7 Mediums.   Different combinations of the 8 Smalls and the 8 Mediums can be designed, or all 16 elements can be assembled into one sculpture.  Suspend each Open Spiral from 1.7mm bronze double rope chain (as pictured), or from monofilament.

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Photo Credit: Fred Aron Photography

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