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Vertical Construction No1 located within the diverse collections ofthe Baltimore Museum of Art is a piece made by Russian sculptor NaumGabo The sculpture was created in 1962-1967 and is made of bronze withsteel wood and spring-wire This piece stands at a height of 799 x 0in203 x 0 cm within a Plexiglas caseThe helix like structure hard rigid edges of the vertical frame andexact layering of wire is the basis of Gabos sculpture Although from adistance the complexity of the piece isnt apparent at first but when incloser proximity the viewer will see and be able to observe the artistswork Immediately the demanding presence of the sculpture is felt by theviewer because of the composition and vertical nature of the piece Theviewer begins to gradually break down the various components of thesculpture Shape form and structure are considered first with thehelix like shape This twists in an upward motion bringing the eyearound the piece which creates a sense of activity within the space Theway it uses space and composition are all important thoughts whenobserving Gabos piece Viewers also notice the delicate layers of wire occupying the majorityof the sculptures frame that is evenly layered across the structure ofthe piece By stretching the wires throughout the sculpture it makes anillusion of multiple different planes within the piece These planes allhave a solidity about them and yet the piece is intricately lineoriented and manipulates space creating a sense of movement Thelayering of thin spring-wire creates a fragile wall like appearancealong its frame and is encircled by a large solid piece of bronze withsteel In every direction the piece shows the intricacy of wire and theabstract twisting form The existence of the wire walls instills theidea of surface but the negative space shown in between the wirereveals the solid base of the sculpture Behind the wire is the underlying base structure which is made of woodThis is the primary support for the sculpture and its overall formAlong with
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