Bertoia Tonal Sculpture Limited Edition Reproduction

28 Sep

Now I most definitely don’t have $2500 sitting around just waiting to be spent (because believe me any money around here is most likely spent before it ever arrives!)  But if I did I would consider investing in this this Harry Bertoia sculpture.  It’s just lovely and the sound is wonderful.  As background, Harry Bertoia was an Italian-born artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer.  He designed the wire pieces that became known as the Bertoia Collection for Knoll. Among them the famous ‘Diamond chair‘ a fluid, sculptural form made from a molded lattice work of welded steel.

In Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”

From the Bertoia Estate…

2015 marks the Centennial of Mid-Century Modern Artist Harry Bertoia. The Bertoia Estate, in cooperation with Bertoia Studio, is excited to introduce for the first time a limited edition reproduction tonal sculpture.

This exact replica of a Sonambient Barn piece was produced to help commemorate and celebrate the centennial of Harry Bertoia, 1915-1978. The approaching year 2015, the centennial of his birth, will bring more surprises related to Bertoia, but for right now, as a preview, Val, Lesta, and Celia (his surviving children) are pleased to bring the sounds of Bertoia to a wider audience. Features:

144 bronze rods on a brass base, 11 ¾” tall

A metallic chime that has been compared to church bells or music of the spheres

Authorized by the Bertoia Estate

An exact replica of a Sonambient Barn sounding sculpture

While the original would easily sell in the 5 figure range, the reproduction is available for $2500 plus shipping. It is constructed in exactly the same technique that Bertoia himself used, with the same tonal quality that he experimented for years to attain.

To see a video, hear the sound, peruse all the details, and order, or just to play around in the world of Bertoia, please visit:


6 Responses to “Bertoia Tonal Sculpture Limited Edition Reproduction”

  1. KMP October 2, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    One of my favorite mid-century modern chairs ever!!… great idea to reproduce the chair with the original techniques….It is such an outstanding piece that it really deserves to be celebrated… is it going to be carried at the authorized dealers for purchase ?… do you know?

    • October 2, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Hi there,
      Sorry if my post was confusing, but it’s the sculpture that is being reproduced, not the chair. However, there are some good reproductions out there if you look around. Check out Rex Kelly. He has some nice ones.

  2. Dana@Mid2Mod September 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I’d love to have one of those! I’d even settle for one of the smaller ones his daughter showed. Thanks for posting about these. I hadn’t heard about them.

  3. Chris September 28, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    At first I was underwhelmed but when I listened to it WOW!!! I just wish they made a larger one that one could put by the front door and touch as you walked in! That would truly be a grand entrance indeed!

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