Twisting Aries Dancer

David Bennett

American, born 1941

Twisting Aries Dancer, 2004

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Blown glass, bronze

Dimensions: 86 × 48 × 25 in. (218.4 × 121.9 × 63.5 cm)

Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.29

David Bennett creates figurative glass sculptures using an ancient and now rarely practiced technique. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Pliny the Elder first described the process blowing hot glass into a metal structure. Bennett pushes this ancient technique to new limits. Molten glass it attached to a long metal blowpipe and inserted inside the framework of the dancer’s body. The artist blows into the pipe, and the glass swells to fill the pattern of the metal frame. Bennett’s large, nearly life-sized, figures capture the fluid movement of the form, as well as the malleable nature of molten glass. This dancer—depicted with the horns of a ram—can be associated with Aries, the first astrological sign in the zodiac. The reddish orange glass alludes to the element of fire, an attribute of Aries.

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