description of Broom Collection with Boom by David Ireland

In this sculpture, sixteen corn-husk brooms with faded wooden handles stand upright in a tight semicircle, like dominoes waiting to be toppled. To keep the brooms upright and in their horseshoe configuration, two hand-bent rings of wire have been added to the sculpture, linking the handles near the bottom and the top. The brooms have been arranged from least to most tattered, with the worn-down heads decreasing in height and breadth. The collection, therefore, tilts to one side. To offset the tilt, a broom-like anchor has been added to sculpture. A rounded clump of concrete sits on the floor several feet away from the broom heads. Embedded in it is a long copper rod which angles toward the top of the handles and connects to the wire ring with a C-clamp.

David Ireland, Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988
David Ireland, Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988; brooms, concrete, metal, and copper, 48 in. x 82 in. x 38 in. (121.92 cm x 208.28 cm x 96.52 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Ruth Nash Fund purchase; © 500 Capp Street Foundation
David Ireland, Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Broom Collection with Boom
Artist name
David Ireland
Date created
brooms, concrete, metal, and copper
48 in. x 82 in. x 38 in. (121.92 cm x 208.28 cm x 96.52 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Ruth Nash Fund purchase
© 500 Capp Street Foundation
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Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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