Harry Bertoia’s Sound Sculptures
Harry Bertoia began his career as a furniture designer for clients like Charles and Ray Eames and Knoll. His chairs sold so well that he turned to making sculpture full time, using similar materials to his furniture: metal sheets, wires, and rods. These sound sculptures were aesthetically minimal, but fulfilled a function beyond the visual. They were meant to be played as instruments, with the characteristic grids of rods swaying, colliding with each other and chiming, as would happen in the piece shown above. Some outdoor pieces were made to be triggered by the wind.