The sound of Bertoia. Harry Bertoia’s passion for tonal wire sculptures began when he was bending a heavy wire and it came in contact with another, resulting in a wonderful sound. If two wires sounded fabulous, he knew that he had to hear what six or even six dozen would sound like, thus his quest began. Bertoia’s tall wire sculptures were not only beautiful works of art but also vehicles to transport you to a place of “Sonambient,” his term for the spatial and tonal environment they created. Bertoia made hundreds of these pieces, which ranged in height from six inches to 20 feet, and he never made the same piece twice. In the late 1960s, he repurposed an old stone barn on his Pennsylvania property to use as a recording studio. Between 1968 and 1978, he recorded roughly 360 magnetic-tape recordings and 11 vinyl LP albums that are now available on CD at “The haunting yet soothing music is most timely now in this time of turmoil,” says Bertoia’s daughter Celia. Bertoia’s son Val continues his father’s tradition of sound sculptures today.

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