801 Fish House

Submitted by Dierk Van Keppel

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Client: 801 Lea

Location: Leawood, KS, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $70,000

Project Team

Artist

Dierk Van Keppel

Rock Cottage Glassworks

Architect

Klover Architects

Overview

3000 s.f. (18) 12″ clear bar globes, (15) 9″ aqua trophy globes, (4) 22″x6″ wall sconce, (5) 24″ semi flush private dining room ceiling domes, (9) 39″ semi flush mount ceiling domes

Goals

Klover Architects, Overland Park, KS, approached me with a traditional reflected ceiling plan and said that they wanted me to propose a completely original art glass lighting concept that would compliment their finishes and the theme. Their suggestion was to make the globes deformed like large bubbles in water.

Process

The architect brought Jimmy, the owner, over to my shop to watch us blow and deform the liquid glass globes. I explained to the owner my concept for blowing the rondels,fusing them together and slumping them into large art glass bowls for the ceiling fixtures. I appreciate the faith that the owner and architect placed in my concept.

Additional Information

After I had completed and installed the project, Jimmy said "Rarely are my expectations exceeded!"