This work is a joyous ode to the speed and excitement of motor travel, in which Balla translates the movement of the wheels into a dynamic succession of shapes that start and end where lines intersect. Time, another topic central to Futurism, is firstly fractured into instants that overlap and superimpose one another in the large triangles on the surface, and secondly recedes into the depth of the "Vortex", which is the subject of another work from the “Velocità astratte” series that Balla worked on from 1913 to 1914.
In 1915, Balla and Depero signed the Manifesto of the Futuristic Reconstruction of the Universe, which theorized the external word and involved objects and environments from daily life. In 1904, with the birth of his first daughter, Luce, Balla begins drawing and producing furniture for their house. The bedroom was designed for his second daughter, Elica, around 1914, and it features bright colors and round corners to prevent her getting hurt. The closet has the sketched figure of a child on its sides, giving it a playful look.
This Futurist flower is part of a series of modeled wood sculptures that Balla created for his own house in Rome in the 1920s. In his way, his house was to become an artificial garden of flowers with sparkling corollas and astonishing leafs, cheerful and brightly colored, all with sinuous and sharpened edges, which aimed at evoking synthetic images of natural vegetation.
Balla believed in the importance of lifelong play, for adults to remain “young, agile, cheerful, casual, ready for everything, restless, instinctive and intuitive”. This is shown in Balla's playful, lively and imaginative decorations featuring exotic animals, which take inspiration from traditional tapestry techniques.
Balla has chosen the numbers 3,4,5 and 8 as the subjects of this Constructivist painting: the definite numbers, the precision of the shapes, the dynamic perspective and the glazed and metallic colors are an ode to modernity and the mechanical universe, but still preserves a sense of imagination and magic, which is also reinforced in the artwork's title.
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