Harry Bertoia’s centennial celebrated by Important Records with a big ol’ box set

Harry Bertoia's centennial celebrated by Important Records with a big ol' box set

Harry Bertoia, who passed in 1978, would be celebrating his 100th birthday on March 10th, 2015. In lieu of an invite from beyond the grave, Important Records has decided to teach us all a thing or too about this birthday boy by selling us a box set of his work!

Bertoia might be best known for his iconic furniture, but his work extended through the arts, including painting and sculpture. These developments evolved naturally into an obsession with the aural nature of his material creations. From 1959-1978 Bertoia built up a massive collection of gongs and sound sculptures in his home, a barn in Pennsylvania. Many of the sculptures that he made were used to create the 11 Sonambient LPs that populated Bertoia’s final creative output.

Important has taken it upon themselves (honorably) to put out a box set that collects 100% of these recordings. The set will include a deeply archival book and be released to coincide with Bertoia’s centennial.

Check out a trailer for the set below, featuring some of Bertoia’s sculptures in action:

• Harry Bertoia Foundation: http://www.harrybertoia.org
• Important: http://www.importantrecords.com

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