(American, B. 1949)
Gentle Curve of Sound, 2014
Silicon bronze rods silvered to brass base
36 x 13 x 4 in. (44 rods)
(COA, B-1816 from Bertoia Studio)
Val Bertoia was born in Santa Monica, CA as the son of Harry Bertoia. In the 1950s, his family moved from California to Pennsylvania where he has lived and worked here ever since. In the 1960s, Val studied Mechanical Engineering at Indiana Institute of Technology in Indiana. Val started working at the nearby farm-soon after-his father asked him to work at Bertoia Studio with him. Val worked with his father from 1972-1978 where he apprenticed. Harry and Val installed large-scale commissioned metal sculptures and Harry was amazed with Val's level of precision and engineering abilities and often asked for his advice. Late in the 1970s, Harry and Val made Bertoia Sound-Sculptures for distribution world-wide. In 1978, continuing where Harry left off with the encouragement of his mother, Brigitta Bertoia; Val continued the sculpture-business of his father's legacy. Val’s work continues a Bertoia tradition and is part of many important collections world-wide.