‘mother-load’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, ply-wood, steel) photo by jason schmidt for the new york times

australian-born artist timothy horn now lives in santa fe, new mexico where he makes his sculptures. while horn has a diverse range of work, his latest exhibition ‘bitter suite’ at san fransisco’s de young museum showcased his most recent material. the show featured three large scale work which showcased, horn’s fondness for transforming historical objects in new scales and materials. the pieces on show were inspired by piece in the collection of the fine arts museums of san francisco and by the rags-to-riches story of art collector and sugar industrialist alma spreckels. ‘mother-load’ and ‘diadem’ two of pieces are both made from crystallized rock sugar, paying tribute to spreckels. ‘mother-load’ is a child’s size horse carriage covered in the sweet stuff, while ‘diadem’ is a sugary chandelier.

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timothy horn: 'bitter suite'‘mother-load’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, ply-wood, steel)

timothy horn: 'bitter suite'‘mother-load’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, ply-wood, steel) (detail)

timothy horn: 'bitter suite'‘diadem’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, steel, shellac, electric light fixtures)

timothy horn: 'bitter suite'‘diadem’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, steel, shellac, electric light fixtures) (detail)

timothy horn: 'bitter suite'‘diadem’, 2008 (crystallized rock sugar, steel, shellac, electric light fixtures)