Flight of the Dolphin

Artist: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, born Qazvin, 1924)

Date: 2010

Medium: Mirror mosaic, reverse glass painting, glue and plaster on wood

Dimensions: 55 1/4 x 55 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (140.3 x 140.3 x 4.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2010

Accession Number: 2010.395


Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is one of Iran's pioneering women artists. In a career spanning more than five decades, she has worked in both her native Iran and the United States. She combines traditional reverse-glass painting, mirror mosaics, and principles of Islamic geometry with modern concepts of minimalism. Flight of the Dolphin - a reflective kaleidoscope of hundreds of mirror fragments - creates the effect of moving ripples on a two-dimensional surface.