Though Wendell Castle was the leading American furniture designer of his generation, he thought of himself as a sculptor. Instead of using traditional joinery techniques, he created monumental and organic forms that are totally free from the logic of conventional furniture. 

For Mirror Mirror, a trio of Castle’s works are gathered at the edge of a pool. All are settees for three people, cast in bronze. But their compositions vary.

In A New Seeing, the seats are cut through at odd angles, while in Illusion-Reality-Truth, they rest on vertical finger-like forms. Temptation has a single long seat, riding like a boat over waves.

Together, the pieces testify to Castle’s prolific imagination, a perfect match for the surrounding gardens.

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