- Nouaison (First Growth)
2012 | Château Smith Haut Lafitte | Bordeaux, France
Entitled Nouaison (First Growth), the signature artpiece was commissioned by the notable Bordeaux vineyard Château Smith HautLafitte—a vineyard with history dating back to the 14th century and includingownership by an 18th century Mayor of Bordeaux.
Created as a site-specific artwork, Hoberman’s sculpturecombines graceful curves with precise details and strong patterning—patterning thatboth conceptually reflects the Chateau’s ‘terroir’, and visually reflects thelighting and coloring of its lush surroundings. A seemingly random disbursementof deeply engraved hatch patterns creates a varied surface reminiscent ofcubist sculpture or stippled impressionist painting. As the sculpturetransforms, its individual parts rotate and pick up the direct and reflectedsunlight in different ways—catching and transmitting colors from first thebluebird sky, then the terracotta roof of the winery, then the deep greens andmahoganies from the surrounding countryside.
Learn more about this project on hoberman.com