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Plywood During the War

Large Leg Splint Sculpture

Charles Eames, Ray Eames

1943

Ray and Charles used the three-dimensional form of the leg splint to bring her two-dimensional sketch to life. The striking black form shares a visual language with the Eameses’ logo design for their company at this time, the Molded Plywood Division of the Evans Products Company. This piece, cut with a scroll saw and then stained black, is one of only three known splint sculptures. The design suggests it was meant to be suspended, like a mobile.

  • Medium:Birch plywood, aniline dye
  • Dimensions:38 9/16 x 8 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (98 x 20.5 x 18 cm)
  • Credit Line:All images courtesy of Eames Office
  • Item:2019.2.34