Collection by Diana Budds

Captivating Sound Sculptures by Design Icon Harry Bertoia


Harry Bertoia's Sonambient sound sculptures create an all-encompassing experience that appeals to the visual, aural, and tactile senses. "It becomes an entire physical experience," says his daughter, Celia Bertoia.

After his successful chair designs for Knoll, Harry Bertoia dedicated his time to artistic pursuits.
In 1974, Bertoia began work on a commission for the Standard Oil Building in Chicago.
The Standard Oil Sonambient sculptures are composed of rods ranging from four to 16 feet tall.
It took 8,000 pounds of beryllium copper and 5,000 pounds of naval brass to produce the sculpture.
Bertoia housed many Sonambient sculptures in a barn near his home.
Wright will auction Sonambient sculptures that are part of the Dr. Martyna Miskinis Collection on September 23, 2014.
"The big pieces are a result of metal knowledge and physical forces; they can be any size, on up and up...They too are...