Secret Cube is a perfect example of masculine and feminine characteristics in Pergay’s work. Each leaf was treated individually: hand-cut from brass and copper sheets; hammered, sculpted, and filed to replicate Pergay's sketches; patinated using a secret formula to achieve the deep red tones; and finally positioned one by one on the branches to heighten light reflection. Pergay drew inspiration from a variety of botanical sources, and the final product is deceptively naturalistic. She has commingled parts of different plant species—exotic flowers, oak leaves, and fern-like fronds—to make a branch unlike anything found in nature.
Stainless steel, copper and bronze leaves, LED
55.2 x 53 x 52.4 cm