Bertoia completed over 50 Public Commissions throughout the country and internationally.
Eero Saarinen gave Bertoia his first chance to create sculpture on a monumental scale, hiring him for the General Motors Technical Center screen in 1953. The 36’ long metal screen launched the sculptor on a consistent path of largely successful pieces for architectural projects.
Bertoia won numerous architectural and artistic awards for public sculptures throughout his career. When asked for which sculpture he received the AIA award, he replied, “I don’t recall which one it was… I really don’t pay much attention to these awards, they come and they go. I completely forgot.”
The Philadelphia Civic Center fountain piece, installed in 1967 and removed in 2000 when the building was demolished, has recently been relocated at Woodmere Art Museum in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. It was a happy day to free the 4-ton sculpture from a police storage shed and onto the lush grounds of Woodmere where the public can now see and even touch the beast of a sculpture.