PROPERTY OF THE WOLFSONIAN-FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA SOLD TO BENEFIT THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITION ENDOWMENT FUND, AND QUALIFY FOR STATE MATCHING GRANT FUNDS.
A fluid form of curvilinear geometry, this silver bowl is a continuation of the morphological design language Zaha Hadid has explored and developed over the past three decades.
The elegant sculptural mass of the bowl is slightly concave in its center and responds to the diffusion of energies that are generated at its perimeter, inviting an exploration of natural forces and affording a unique contextual relationship within any environment.
While at first appearing unscripted and spontaneous, the total fluidity of the bowl's volume follows the overriding formal logic of Hadid's research into systems of continuous transformations and smooth transitions. The silver bowl further develops this dialogue, allowing the architect to capture the ephemeral qualities and diffused forms of clouds, solidifying them in sterling silver.
The bowl's evolutionary lineage is apparent in Hadid's past projects: Z-Scape Furniture for Sawaya & Moroni (2003); the Tea & Coffee Set for Alessi (2003); the Aqua Table for Established & Sons (2005); the Hotel Puerta America interiors (2005); and Elastika for Design Miami (2005).
Zaha Hadid has generated an additional dimensional relationship beyond the reflection of light from the bowl's surface. By encouraging an exploration into the dichotomy between the powerful solidity of sterling silver and the organic fluidity of its form, Hadid has created an exquisite and sensual piece that continues her thirty-year repertoire of morphological conception.
This artist proof of "Silver Bowl 60" has been generously donated by a Hadid to the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, specifically to be sold to raise funds for an institution that she supports and admires. The other artist's proofs are being retained by Hadid and Sawaya & Moroni, and a limited edition of 12 will be produced later in 2007 for sale. The present lot is also being sold without sales tax.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University thanks Zaha Hadid for her generosity and Sawaya & Moroni for participating in this project.
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