Strangler Fig Sculpture by Peter Zelle

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Strangler Fig

Peter Zelle

United States


Size: 17 W x 76 H x 18 D in

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Art Description

Sculpture: Glass on Glass, Stainless Steel.

I think of my sculptures as compositions, a word that resonates for me musically as well as spatially. I bring together shapes, patterns, textures, and colors in order to orchestrate a dynamic and harmonious whole. Perhaps the most striking aspect of my pieces is the luminous color radiating through the smooth surfaces, but equally important is the relief on the reverse sides. In fact, this is the first element that I address in my process, carving the shapes and textures into clay. It is only after I establish these spatial relationships (and cast a plaster mold from the original clay relief) that I decide the arrangement of colors that will accentuate the form and bring the composition together.

I want collectors to be moved by the scale of the pieces and the richness of the colors. I want them to be drawn into the interplay of textures and shapes, to feel the thickness of the glass, and to touch the polished edges of each piece.

I want my own work to create a sense of excitement—a flash of recognition and the wonder of discovery.

With these monolithic slabs of colored glass, I aim to provide collectors with a space for contemplation and a respite from the cacophony of the modern world.

This piece, Strangler Fig, was inspired by a walk in the Cypress forests in South Florida and how Strangler Fig seeds drop down onto the large Cypress trees and grow.