Bubble Sculptures & Bubble Prints​

 

View from the Gapstow Bridge NYC - Night View, Mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

View from the Gapstow Bridge NYC, Day View, mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

View from the Gapstow Bridge NYC - Day View (Detail), Mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

Summer in Central Park NYC - Night View, Mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

Summer in Central Park NYC - Day View, Mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

Summer in Central Park NYC - Day View (Detail) Mixed Media, 10x18x18 inches, 2017, Commission, © Sally Curcio

Nancy's Garden, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Commission - Private Collection, © Sally Curcio

Nancy's Garden (Detail), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Commission - Private Collection, © Sally Curcio

Nancy's Garden (from Above), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Commission - Private Collection, © Sally Curcio

Motherland (Nicaragua), Mixed Media, 6x18x18 inches, 2018, Commissioned by Marta Martinez, Northampton, © Sally Curcio

Happy Valley Fall, Smith College Museum of Art, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Commission, The collection of Smith College Museum of Art, ©Sally Curcio

Happy Valley Fall, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Commission, The collection of Smith College Museum of Art, © Sally Curcio

Happy Valley Summer, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2010, © Sally Curcio

Happy Valley Winter Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2014, The collection of Smith College Museum of Art © Sally Curcio

Happy Valley Winter (from Above),Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2014, The collection of Smith College Museum of Art, © Sally Curcio

Miami, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2009, © Sally Curcio On Exhibition at the Children's Museum of the Arts, NYC, May 10 - Sept. 9, 2018

Miami (Detail), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2009, © Sally Curcio

Jackie Onassis Reservoir, NYC (Central Park, Summer), 6x12x12 inches, 2014, © Sally Curcio

Jackie Onassis Reservoir, NYC (Central Park, Summer) (Detail), 6x12x12 inches, 2014, © Sally Curcio, On Exhibition at the Children's Museum of the Arts, NYC, May 10 - Sept. 9, 2018

Orbit City, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Provincetown, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, © Sally Curcio

Provincetown (Detail) Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016, Photo: Lynn Graves, © Sally Curcio

Sherwood Forest, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Sherwood Forest (Detail), Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Opulence, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2010, © Sally Curcio

Candyland, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016,The collection of Fitchburg Art Museum, © Sally Curcio

Candyland (Detail), Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2016,The collection of Fitchburg Art Museum, © Sally Curcio

Garden of Earthly Delights Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Garden of Earthly Delights Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

North Pole, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

North Pole (Detail), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Atlantis, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Atlantis (Detail), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio

Lost, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2008, Private Collection Massachusetts, © Sally Curcio

Happy Place, Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, 2014, © Sally Curcio

Happy Place (from Above) Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, 2014, © Sally Curcio

Miami (Lummus Park), Mixed Media, 6x12x12 inches, Private Collection - Culver City, CA, © Sally Curcio

Happy Valley, Mixed media, 6x12x12 inches, Private Collection, © Sally Curcio

Metropolis, Exhibition at Fitchburg Art Museum, 2015, Mixed Media, 9x50x26 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio On Exhibition at the Children's Museum of the Arts, NYC, May 10 - Sept. 9, 2018

Metropolis (Detail), Mixed media, 9x50x26 inches, 2008, © Sally Curcio On Exhibition at the Children's Museum of the Arts, NYC, May 10 - Sept. 9, 2018

 

Photos: Kevin Downey, Stephen Petegorsky, Lynne Graves, Sally Curcio

© Sally Curcio

Bubble 

Inspired by the enchantment of snow globes, childhood memories of imagined worlds, and ecological concerns, Sally Curcio captures iconic locales and worlds of fantasy in her Bubble Sculptures.

 

The Bubble Sculptures are miniature worlds made from thousands of brilliantly colored glass beads, as well as found objects, housed under transparent domes. Curcio creates imagined places like Metropolis; legendary places like Sherwood Forest; mythological places like Atlantis; and actual locales like Jackie Onassis Reservoir in New York City.

 

The Bubble Sculptures recall how childhood fantasies could easily transform everyday objects into imagined artifacts and worlds. Curcio recounts memories of leaning across a swing, arms outstretched, and flying high imagining she was miles above the ground. From those heights, she would envisage pebbles turning into cities and puddles into lakes. The Bubble Sculptures offers an opportunity to return to that form of engagement and play.

 

Many associations can be brought to the Bubble Sculptures as they summon nostalgia for the innocent perspectives of childhood, suggest the fragility of environments, and offer examples of imagined and utopian possibilities.  As we long for a more harmonious world, Curcio’s Bubble Sculptures counsel an openness to what may be possible.

Photo of Sally Curcio by Paul Specht