|Title:||It Was A Pleasure to Burn|
|Size:||72" x 48" x 48"|
It Was a Pleasure to Burn
Created by Austin artist Shawn Smith, this soaring 7-foot, 5-inch wood sculpture takes its name from the first line of Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451. Smith made the piece from individual hand-cut, hand-dyed pieces of Baltic birch plywood, colored with water-based acrylic ink and paint and attached them together with wood glue and tiny 23-gauge pin nails, small as needles. Because the pressed layers of wood absorbed dye at different rates, he was able to produce masterful contrast with vivid color, creating an illusion of flickering light.
“I like how objects have beautiful connections to so many other things,” Smith explains. “The inspiration for “It Was A Pleasure To Burn” is the idea of comparing how early people communicated -- around a fire vs. today when people gather around a television, which is now prevalent in all homes. In the digital age, people get together around screens.”
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