Aluminum Bracelets Two Bracelets, 1988 (a), 1990 (b)
This is a two bracelets. It was designed by Lisa Spiros. It is dated 1988 (a), 1990 (b) and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is etched aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
These bracelets came about when Spiros thought the aluminum scraps from a spun-metal vessel project would make interesting jewelry forms. She achieved the distinctive surface textures by applying a resist to the metal, then acid etching the circular forms in either ferric chloride or hydrochloric acid to achieve the desired corrosion. Spiros stated, "I was intrigued by the dynamic of simple industrial base forms, unearthing the metal from the steaming acid vat, and scraping away the layers of eroded metal until they came back to life."
This object was
It is credited
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 16.5 × 0.3 cm (6 1/2 × 1/8 in.) H x diam.: 19 × 0.3 cm (7 1/2 × 1/8 in.)
It has the following markings
a) Incised on reverse: Lisa Spiros (in script), '88"; b) Incised on reverse: "Lisa Spiros (in script), 1990"
Cite this object as
Aluminum Bracelets Two Bracelets, 1988 (a), 1990 (b); Designed by Lisa Spiros (American, b. 1959); etched aluminum; H x diam.: 16.5 × 0.3 cm (6 1/2 × 1/8 in.) H x diam.: 19 × 0.3 cm (7 1/2 × 1/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-107-a,b