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Ray King has been working as a professional artist for 40 years with more than three decades in the public art realm. Ray King Studio is a large (20,000 sq feet), well-equipped studio that includes specialized glass cutting, drilling and polishing equipment; a full metal work-shop; glass lamination kiln, carpentry shop, state-of-the-art computer labs and thousands of square feet of indoor and outdoor space for assembly.
Ray King is an accomplished sculptor and artist who uses the natural phenomena of light as it interacts with glass and optics as an art medium. By creating dynamic interactions with the sun and refracting light into colors – chromatic emanations that shift and change as the viewer moves or as the light source changes -- King creates a magical environment that appeals to viewers’ sense of wonderment and delight.
His artwork uses mathematics and sacred geometry, scaled to the golden mean, to add a humanistic element and proportion to public art. Using 3-D computer technology, King designs three-dimensional shapes and patterns that are inspired by forms found in nature. These forms are astoundingly complex, yet simple and elegant; primitive, yet futuristic.
Glass -- King’s primary medium -- provides a durable, yet transparent, surface that can be laminated with other materials to dynamically interact with light (and create safety glass as well). King specializes in working with high-tech holographic films and dichroic coatings that bend, or split, light wavelengths into a wide spectrum of brilliant colors. He also has vast experience creating tectonic, tensile structures made of stainless steel cable and hardware that articulate and give definition to the artwork.
All projects are conceived, designed, fabricated and installed by Ray King Studio. King has extensive experience working with design teams, architects and designing works of art directly into architectural construction drawings. Most projects are done in collaboration with community groups, cultural commissions, architects, engineers and construction workers. Video by Julian King
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