speed chairby Boris Bally $1100.00
- the story
She's a Fast Chair
Artist Boris Bally has created bold, beautiful chairs out of actual traffic signs: This urban expression of glass-on-metal represents many years of collecting hard-to-find and specially weathered signage gleaned from ten-foot-high, thirty thousand pound scrap piles. Each of these reflective pearls represents sifting through thousands of ordinary oyster shells. Bally extracts the most important elements of the gems he finds, joins them to create exciting color and image combinations, and adds details through hand-sawing and filing. The rhythmic quality of the design elements is a metaphor for strength and stability, as well as the danger and pain of life, mixed with a disarming edge of humor. Bally's work has been featured in many museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Handmade in Rhode Island.
- Item ID
- Made from
- metal, cork
- 48" H x 16" W x 21" D
- some assembly required.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is one of a kind and will vary. A photograph of the specific chair available at the time of purchase can be provided upon request.
- the maker
Until Boris Bally began experimenting with recycled traffic signage, nobody had seen the potential elegance of this discarded aluminum. He has since challenged himself to discover its properties, in order to create bold objects of beauty which transcend their common roots.
Boris brings decades of training and experience as an artist to his collection of pieces. Signage has become his passionate medium of choice not only because of the recycling message, but also its appeal to him as an extreme variation on the age-old tradition of enamelling.
His perpetual search for alternatives, variations and challenges becomes a repetitive pattern of discovery and incremental growth. Boris attempts to produce pieces of technical integrity and rich content, and his work is also influenced by the timeless techniques and forms he first discovered in the armories of European castles (raising, riveting, perforating, layering, piercing and forming) used to create representations of Medieval heraldry.
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