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Elizabeth Berrien's wire sculptures are made "the hard way". No gloves,
no pliers, no chicken wire...
Each sculpture starts by twisting together two or three strands. Then,
one by one, dozens or even hundreds more strands of wire are spliced
Elizabeth only uses chicken wire to repair her chicken coop. Working
from life, here's her
these somewhere before?
Very possibly. Berrien wire sculptures are in museums, galleries, zoos,
parks and homes throughout the world. Perhaps you've seen them at The
Nature Company, Gump's or Neiman-Marcus. If you contact us, we'll tell
you the nearest gallery or museum to see them.
makes Berrien sculptures stand
out from the rest?
The closer you get to Elizabeth's wire sculptures, the more
high-caliber detail, flow, harmony and expression you will see. Ask
yourself: do the wires in this sculpture flow expressively along the
natural muscular contours of the living creature? Or... or they a
mesh-like pattern? To practice telling the difference, follow this link
and compare another artist's wire rooster, horse head and cat to the
& crochet animals
else make this intricate, lace-like wire sculpture?
No other wire sculptor has mastered the complexity of Elizabeth
Berrien's innovative lacework & engineering technique, which
the artist evolved over 40 years.
are these wire sculptures?
Very, very rugged. Elizabeth Berrien's wire sculptures have a built-in
resiliency. When dropped, they bounce, retaining their shape. Designed
to sustain normal wear and tear, wire sculptures co-exist with busy
households, children and cats. In extreme cases (earthquake, fire) they
can be fully restored for a nominal fee. But restoration calls are rare
the same as Elizabeth Berrien?
years ago, I bought a hand-twisted wire animal by an artist who spelled
her name "Elizabeth Berrian". Now I see similar, more sophisticated
works by a wire sculptor who spells her name "Elizabeth Berrien". Are
are one and the same. Born "Elizabeth Berrian", over the years she
learned that the traditional spelling of her family name until just a
few generations ago is "Berrien".
Most collectors with "Berrian" wire sculptures own pre-1988 works.
Those with "Berrien" wire sculptures have post-1987 works.
Sure. Let us know your budget, and we'll provide estimates for less
expensive versions... for instance, they can be made smaller, simpler,
and/or in 2D.
love to have a wire sculpture. But I've got so much art in my home,
there's no room
Wire sculptures can be suspended over stairwells, or in front of
windows... or you can install them outdoors, on your deck or as part of
you have illuminated
wire sculptures for sale?
Yes, any sculpture can be commissioned as an illuminated wire
sculpture. Elizabeth can create illuminated wire deer, polar bears,
sleighs, angel and other illuminated Christmas sculptures. They look
outstanding compared to the
common denominator versions.
Sailfish wire sculpture
don't see an image of the sculpture I want.
Can she make a warthog, a P-38, a portrait of my Uncle Igor?
With pleasure. If it's something a conventional artist could paint,
Elizabeth Berrien can create it in wire. She always enjoys the
challenge of interpreting something new in wire.
do you ship
Easily. Small and medium wire sculptures are packed securely with
plastic "peanuts" to any part of the world. Large works (life-size
bears, horses, etc) can be either crated and shipped, or folded small,
tagged as our luggage, and re-shaped at the site installation.
Folding a lifesize wire sculpture horse portrait into its airline stuff
sack for delivery to an equine film maker.
do I care
for my wire sculpture?
Gently dust with a feather duster or vacuum cleaner brush attachment.
For more information, see our Caring
Elizabeth Berrien really a genius?
Yes. At age 13, Elizabeth Berrian's Stanford-Binet test scores placed
her within the top 1/2 percent of the population, with an estimated IQ
of 165. This qualifed her as the first teenagers in the US to join
"All the kids in my family are pretty sharp. I just happen to be
particularly good at taking tests, especially anything to do with math
and spatial relationships. My mind loves creative problem solving -
anything to do with patterns and puzzles - something inherent to my
form of wire sculpture."
Berrien's steel wire sculptures have protective coatings of paint. For
extra protection and outdoor installations, we recommend "Rust
primers used to protect everything from tricycyles to bridges
battleships. This product is so reliable it comes with a 5 year
warranty. Outdoor and other high-moisture environmental sculptures can
also be commissioned in aluminum, brass or copper wire.
did Elizabeth Berrien get started,
and how did she end up making such complex sculptures?
Learn Elizabeth's story in the Artist's
art, and I'd love to introduce my students to wire sculpture. How do I
Join with teachers and universtiy professors around the world in using
Elizabeth Berrien's lesson plan, Teach
Innovative Wire Sculpture
I want to sell
my wire sculptures, too! Any business tips for artists?
Tons of them! Elizabeth Berrien's art
articles help artists make a better living, selling their artwork...
I'm a little
on a wire art project... can you help me???
YES! We have an entires Q & A section for folks with strange
questions about working wire. To help get un-stuck, check out our Wire
page and read Elizabeth's advice to other wire workers. If you still
need help, email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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