Development of a Bottle in Space is a bronze sculpture created by Umberto Boccioni in 1913. The sculpture, originally a sketch in Boccioni’s “Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture,” features a bottle shape with abstracted features that evoke the speed and dynamism of Italy during the early 20th century.
In its final form, the sculpture shows a cross-shaped face representing a helmet, illustrating the influence of technological advancements on art during the Futurist movement. Boccioni believed that sculpture should reflect the rapid modernization of society and the resulting changes in human perception.
Boccioni himself cast the sculpture in bronze, reflecting his interest in the entire artistic process. “Development of a Bottle in Space” is a prime example of Boccioni’s visionary approach to sculpture, which played a significant role in the Futurist movement.