Elemental Sculpture (1953/1959)

Rauschenberg created a series of constructions made from spikes, steel, stones, twine, wood, and other materials found in the neighborhood surrounding his Fulton Street studio in New York. Rauschenberg often allowed for viewer participation by including movable parts. For example, in Music Box (ca. 1955), he placed loose stones inside a box lined with nails; this produced sound when moved.

Box and Rock on String
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Music Box (Elemental Sculpture), ca. 1955
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Circular Rock on Wood
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Untitled (Elemental Sculpture) ca. 1953
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