Making It / Harriete Estel Berman / San Mateo, California

“Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin is a gigantic bell curve 28′ wide and 15′ tall about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.”

Harriete ( worked on this project over a period of 4 1/2 years!  Calling it a monumental undertaking would not be overstating it!

See the whole process at:

The first public exhibition was at Anita Seipp Gallery, Castilleja School where it was photographed for the article in American Craft.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Making It / Harriete Estel Berman / San Mateo, California

  1. Es increíble la imaginación de las personas¡ esto es un trabajo muy complicado y largo, ¡que paciencia!, saludos

  2. susangeckle says:

    Congratulations on finishing and on the recognition in American Craft. Great piece!

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