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Verlang

Cocktail Table

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh

Sunflowers. Vincent Van Gogh, 1887

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 825

Inspiration & Interpretation

Perhaps most striking about the paintings of Vincent van Gogh are their color and vibrancy. His paintings of sunflowers are no exception.

Though these fading flowers can be quickly interpreted as melancholy or weak, Van Gogh’s repeated use of yellow alludes to hope.
Inspired by the form of the sunflower, Verlang points to hope. Metal is bent and formed together into the shape of petals, each curling over similarly to those in Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.” The exterior, hand-painted and textured, is a melancholy blue, but revealed on the inside is a radiant brass grind, similar visually to the texture in works by Van Gogh.

Like “Sunflowers” and so many of Van Gogh’s paintings, Verlang reflects back to us the architecture of the human soul. The vibrant core of Verlang is a sunflower but can also be interpreted as a blazing fire rising up and out of the piece and into the glass tabletop. As a Christian, I believe the fiery blaze is the Holy Spirit, our union with God, at the very center of who we are as people. We are designed for the truths in our spirit to permeate our soul…our mind, intellect, and emotions…our body. So that we can live as lovingly and authentically as possible.

Christian or not, it is up to each of us to allow the truth of who we are—the loving core of our being—to rise up and influence our actions and our lives. The metal petals wrapped neatly around the golden core of Verlang model how love can inform our actions when we are aware of who we are and whose we are. The glass tabletop, with its seemingly jagged edges, embodies our imperfections. The juxtaposition of crystal-clear glass and rough edges represents the human journey: the longing to let love and hope arise and shine through our imperfect thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Despite the imperfect world around us and the brokenness we carry, it is up to us whether we let our inherent vibrancy shine through.

Ernest Hershberger signature
Verlang Cocktail Table

"We are designed for the truths in our spirit to permeate our soul…our mind, intellect, and emotions…our body. So that we can live as lovingly and authentically as possible."

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Verlang Cocktail Table

Melancholic, Alluring, Texture

50″ round x 20″H, 317lbs.

*Limited Edition – Only 70 Available

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“Like every grinding on this piece is unique, is every day of our lives. The metal ‘petals’ are our actions, wrapping around us. They reflect our beliefs and shape us. We still have jagged edges, a reminder that we’re not complete or perfect, but by faith in God, we can be made perfect. Perfection is in the love of God.”

— Ernest Hershberger, Founder of Abner Henry

Verlang Cocktail Table