Forms in Space No. 1

Artist: John Henry Bradley Storrs (American, Chicago, Illinois 1885–1956 Château de Chantecaille, France)

Date: ca. 1927

Medium: Copper and nickel silver

Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (51.4 x 14 x 7.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Francis Lathrop Fund, 1967

Accession Number: 67.238

Rights and Reproduction: © John Storrs


In the 1920s, Chicago-native Storrs produced about twenty architectonic sculptures in various sizes and materials that emulated the geometric lines of Art Deco skyscrapers. With these works, he sought to create "an expression of today" equivalent to "that strength and will to power, that poise and simplicity" that he perceived in modern buildings. These sculptures experiment with volume and space, the balance of vertical and horizontal masses, and the play of light on polished surfaces.