Skip Navigation

Pair of "Satellite" Jumping Shoes

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Decorative Art, 4th Floor
MEDIUM Metal, textile, rubber
  • Place Manufactured: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • DATES Patented June 18, 1968
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 10 in. (14.6 x 11.7 x 25.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Unmarked
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2010.51a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Harry Greenberger
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pair of identical, tall, two-tiered red and white metal shoes with ovoid plates sandwiching three springs each. Lower flat plate in white resting on three applied rubber ring feet. Set of three red springs, one large at heel, two smaller at toe, held to top of white plate by opposing pairs of integrated metal tabs. Springs fastened to underside of red foot plate in the same manner as the base. Adjustable sliding mechanism in white forms the heel and is fastened to the footplate by one metal screw at its center. Flat green braided belt with metal buckle threaded through heel at sides. Elongated semi-spherical applied red toe cap rests atop cantilevered footplate and steps outward at sides. Circular rubber plug protrudes through top center of toe cap. Condition: Very good
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 4th Floor
    CAPTION George Pierce (American, active mid–20th century). Pair of "Satellite" Jumping Shoes, Patented June 18, 1968. Metal, textile, rubber, 5 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 10 in. (14.6 x 11.7 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harry Greenberger, 2010.51a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2010.51a-b.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.2010.51a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.