Bbubbles

Submitted by Vourvoulis Architectural Glass Consulting

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Client: Castaic Aquatic Center

Location: Castaic, CA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Artist

Bob Zoell

Art Consultant

Philip Vourvoulis

Vourvoulis Architectural Glass Consulting

Overview

330 sq ft curtain wall at Castaic Aquatic Center with 21 tile-like panels of digitally fritted glass. The concept depicts a fun, effervescent scene of underwater bubbles, and is visible from outside and within the complex. The design is intended to change appearance as the day passes into night, interacting with the sunlight and the backlight from inside the facility.

Goals

The frit needed to be a very specific bright-blue pigment, with all 21 panels being exactly the same in color and hew.

Process

The goal of finding the perfect frit was achieved through a number of diligent trials and several generations of samples and mockups. The inks were applied to the panes by hand using a silkscreen and squeegee.

Additional Information

LEED Certified. Each decorative glass panel is placed between and protected by one inch thick insulated glass units. By upholding sustainable fabrication standards, Triview Glass Industries helped the Bubbles pubic art project achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.