Getting To The Point


For Dalton Ghetti,
pencils are as precious as marble was to Michelangelo, Bernini and
Rodin. Pencil lead is, in fact, his sculptural material out of which he
carves incredible miniatures, everything from teeny weeny busts of
Elvis to itsy bitsy hammers and saws. Ghetti recently told the London Telegraph:

“At school I would carve a friend’s name into the wood
of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got
into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood,
but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as
small as possible. I experimented sculpting with different materials,
such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carve
into the graphite of a pencil”

Sadly, his recent exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art Meticulous Masterpieces: Contemporary Art by Dalton Ghetti, Les Lourigan, and Jennifer Maestre closed on August 29, 2010. But you can read about it here. And more about his process here.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.