Carroza Solar, or "solar chariot," is an assemblage of different artistic materials and forms that evoke ribs, horns, and vertebrae as well as birds and the sun. This piece is reminiscent of a retablo, a small private devotional painting from Mexico and South America. It serves as a symbol of participatory ritual. The simple abstract forms and opulent color and light are designed to spark a dialogue between the piece and its audience.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of MCI
Susan Plum, born Houston, TX 1944
blown and lampworked glass, fired lusters, paint and metal
29 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 8 in. (74.3 x 35.8 x 20.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor