The 12' diameter sculptural glass work is located above the altar of the chapel. It is designed in the form of a rose window, though it isn artificially illuminated from a light housing along the perimeter as well as from in front with directed lights. The work is composed of plate glass elements supported by dichroic glass fins which are secured into a support base that is mounted to the wall. The dichroic glass cast and reflect colors on the support base when illuminated from the side, creating an exciting and rich color composition with light.
The objective of the work was to contribute in the creation of a space for worship. To achieve this the work was designed to be sympathetically integrated into the architecture, which is relatively traditional. The wall relief was created as a reference to traditional rose windows compositions, though it was produced with completely different techniques and materials and has a dimensional depth as opposed to being flat, as are windows. The wall relief sculpture changes in appearance as the viewer moves in their relative position to the work, which creates a dynamic visual experience. As a result, the work feels both traditional and contemporary, establishing a timeless quality.
I worked very closely with the interior designer and the architects on the project to refine the composition and to develop the most appropriate methods of installing and illuminating the work. I also worked with the lighting supplier to determine the best light source for the illumination as well as with the electrician and the light housing fabricator. Finally, as in all of my projects I worked very closely with my fabrication and installation teams.
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