Chasing the Spectrum


Client: Private Residential Installation

Location: Fitchburg, WI, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $6,000

Project Team


Barbara Westfall, MFA

Barbara Westfall Art Glass


Mike Ebbert

Direct Electric, Inc.

Lighting Designer

Brian Anderson, MA

Anderson Custom


Client was seeking an art glass solution for a particular interior wall that included LED light using A/C power. They expressed particular interest in my artist Spectrum Series that integrates colorful horizontal bands of dimensionally fused glass. Triptych was determined to be optimal solution to meet demands for scale. Dichroic glass elements were integrated to bring out deep reflective colors. Final installation included a mounting glass on hand-brushed aluminum panels.


Goals included creating a multi-panel art glass piece that pays homage to the setting sun on water. Glass was sized to fit an interior wall. A goal was set to create an internal lighting source. I collaborated with Anderson Custom on the development of two LED strip lights that were retrofitted to the metal substrate. The unit is A/C powered and operates with a dimmer switch. Direct Electric, Inc. pulled the wires and added my power source to an interior wall.


I worked one-on-one with residential client on color, design and placement of art. One on-site meeting with the lighting designer and a second with the electrician. The three of us were able to successfully bring the project into fruition on time and on budget creating a beautiful result that client loves.