Amoeba Cross, 2014

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Amoeba Cross, 2014

Amoeba Cross is named for the usually invisible world of beautiful organisms and structures seen under the microscope, and for the cross joint overlaps of the frame, inspired by traditional Japanese joinery.

Greene’s quest to translate the energy and character of her intricately carved and curved smaller tabletop sculptures like Eelgrass Dancing, 2013 to works of a much larger scale, led first to large, layered wall mounted sculptures: Fractal Sea, 2013, Tide Tables, 2013, Underwater, 2014, and River, 2014 and then to sculptural tables: Amoeba Cross, 2014, Riptide, 2014, Reef Table, 2015 and Black Rapids, 2015. 

Designed in parallel with Greene’s first publicly shown table, Riptide, Amoeba Cross was Greene’s first completed table. With a sculptural central panel mounted on an overlapping right-angled frame, Amoeba Cross is conceptually the transition piece between the tabletop and wall sculptures Eelgrass Dancing and Tide Tables and the fully curved and layered table bases, Riptide, Reef and Black Rapids that followed. Several techniques which are incorporated into Greene’s later works appear for the first time in Amoeba Cross: plasma carved steel resting pads for a glass table top, the use of thicker (10ga+) steel bent into fluid curves, and steel ground to a bright silver color, used in place of heat patinas.

Amoeba Cross was designed as a slightly taller than average writing/laptop desk but also might serve as a small breakfast table or side table, depending on the dimensions of the glass top used. Leveling feet are concealed in the legs. Steel, graphite and lacquer.

Dimensions: 28.5”x44.75”x25” (post to post 36.5"x18.75"); designed with 50"x29.75" glass; other size glass possible.

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