Pile Up

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Object Name: 
Pile Up
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Base W: 80.3 cm, D: 55.5 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts
Web Description: 
For this sculpture, Littleton salvaged rejected glass blanks manufactured by Corning Glass Works and reshaped them inside a kiln. Littleton's brother, Joe Littleton, held a position in Corning's Technical Products Division. Joe gave Harvey access to the glass blanks manufactured at the company's Danville, Virginia, plant that failed to meet factory standards. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Harvey Littleton slumped optic bars, such as those in this sculpture, from the Corning blanks that were originally intended for use with lasers.
Littleton, Harvey K. (American, 1922-2013), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Pile Up". Colorless optical glass bars, bronze plate glass; kiln-formed; aluminum cylinder, assembled. Rectangular black base with aluminum cylinder and slumped bars of optical glass.
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-11-17 through 2013-01-06
West Bridge show at CMoG
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass (2011) illustrated, p. 115; BIB# 127267
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 28; BIB# 130418
Harvey K. Littleton: Reflections 1946-1994 (1999) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# 63496
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 71, 96, pl. 114; BIB# 33046
Recent Important Acquisitions, 23 (1981) illustrated, p. 102, #41; BIB# AI98083