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(a) Overall H: 14.7 cm, W: 24.2 cm, D: 14.3 cm; (b) Overall H: 5.2 cm, Diam: 8.9 cm; (c) H: 3.4 cm, Diam: 6.1 cm; (d) Overall H: 2.3 cm, Diam: 4 cm; (e) Overall H: 5.4 cm, Diam: 9.6 cm; (f) Overall H: 3.4 cm, Diam: 7.6 cm; (g) Overall H: 1.9 cm, Diam: 4 cm
On Display
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Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
This is the first example of the "eye" forms that developed out of Littleton's interest in the refractive properties of glass. Each hemisphere was cut from a thick-walled ovoid form made on the blowpipe. The dark blue "eye" elements sit inside nested, transparent hemispherical forms. The nested forms illustrate a property unique to transparent glass: it is visible and invisible. It is a solid, but we can see through it.
Habatat Galleries Inc., Former Collection
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Harvey K. Littleton / 1969
Engraved on side
Primary Description: 
Blown #475 marbles, cut glass, assembled, bonded.
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-11-17 through 2013-01-06
West Bridge show at CMoG
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Meiguo xian dai bo li yi shu qun ti yan jiu / 美国现代玻璃艺术群体研究 (1962-2012) / 张鹏程著 (2019) illustrated, p. 60 (top);
Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2012) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI91305
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 196-197, pl. 104; BIB# 109983