Sculptor Howard Ben Tré has chosen cast glass as his primary medium of artistic expression, using it to explore the merging of organic and geometric qualities in form and decoration. With sand-casting Ben Tré can achieve an aged feeling for his contemporary shapes and create sculptures suggestive artifacts from an imagined civilization. In fact, Ben Tré often finds inspiration from ancient civilizations, including Mayan ruins and Greek temples. Commissioned by The Apollo Society (the Museum’s collecting group) as gallery furniture, these benches were named for Ben Tré’s late friend, the French glass artist Claude Monod (1945–1990).
Howard Ben Tré (American, born 1949), Bench for Claude Monod II, glass cast in sand mold with brass, 1990–92. Each: 19 3/8 x 26 5/8 x 54 in. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 5
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