Metal Wall Relief Magic Snake
Alexander Girard, 1968
Alexander Girard designed the Magic Snake motif for his exhibit of folk art at the International Exposition 'HemisFair '68' in San Antonio, Texas. The snake appeared as a decorative element on the facade of the 'Magic of a People' pavilion and also in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The Metal Wall Relief Magic Snake is crafted from robust metal and has a colourful powder-coated finish.
Metal Wall Relief
Along with his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the post-war era. While textile design was the primary focus of Girard's oeuvre, he was also admired for his work in the areas of furniture design, graphics, exhibitions and interior architecture. Girard brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism. Alexander Girard devoted the same level of attention to every visible surface in an interior. Ceilings, walls and floors were designed with great care and coordinated with the moveable objects in the room. The Metal Wall Reliefs are ornamental examples of wall decorations created by Girard for various interior design projects, such as The Compound restaurant, exhibitions and his own house in Santa Fe. In cooperation with the Girard family, Vitra has selected several of the original motifs for the reliefs, which are made from robust metal materials.
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The architect and designer Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the postwar era. His passion for colours, patterns and textures found expression in the field of textile design, which was a focal part of his oeuvre.
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