Wallpiece RCB 08.05 (2008)
One of a kind sculpture by Reed Bowman


  • One of a kind sculpture, Other
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 38 × 15 × 5 in
  • Signed on the front

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Reed Bowman

United States

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Artist's description:

This piece was my first experiment with applying the style we call 'collisions' to a composed wallpiece, where one metal shape thrusts outward and appears to tear through another. In this case, the piece breaking through is a contrast with the main body of the piece, both in shape and in manner of construction, being curved sheets joined on a curve, as well as in color.

If you work brass hot (which is normally not necessary), it can tear, and the fascinating way the metal looks as it tears inspired my father and me to try tearing pieces deliberately. We developed this into the 'collision' style, where a fabricated wallpiece box is torn open and another piece is pushed through the opening. For small pieces like my ikebana vases, this can be done with just a mandrel and a quick hand, but for larger pieces that need more precision, the process takes two people working together with torches, tools, and a lot of coordination.

Like most of my wallpieces, this one can be mounted vertically as well as horizontally, though mostly I think of this one horizontally as shown.

The wallpiece is built from many thin-walled brass boxes folded from sheet, brazed at their corners, and patinaed with traditional sculptural patinas while heating the metal with a torch. The colliding piece is formed from two thicker brass sheets, hammered to dish them, brazed together at the edge as if they were part of a large lens shape, and colored with just a final heating of the metal.

The piece only weighs about 15 pounds and can be hung on any wall. You can use ordinary drywall anchors for normal walls. I can also provide special clips which make for a more secure installation.

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Materials used:

brass, patinas

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