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Client: Bellevue Arts Museum

Location: Bellevue, WA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $45,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Lucile Chich

Bellevue Arts Museum

Industry Resource

Pratt Fine Arts Center

Pratt Fine Arts Center

Artist

Julie Conway

Iluminata Glass

Overview

Blown Glass with Chrome Mirror Finish & 24K Gold Leaf, mirror, lighting elements, cable, 19' wide x 14' tall "FracTur(ed)" is a statement on finding ourselves in our modern society. It is challenging to find our reflection in the mirror, pulled in many directions, focused on many angles, and feeling like we are on a tight wire. Finding peace and tranquility in our ever demanding world is a challenge. I say— follow the light. — Julie Conway

Goals

The main goal of this work was to fulfill an artist statement on modern society while also creating an architectural installation to wow an audience. I wanted to use the integration of the creative architectural wall forms and skylights of the Bellevue Arts Museum designed by Steven Holl to accentuate and produce an increased dramatic effect. The adjustable cables suspend the glass in space and allow for multiple angles of the experience.

Process

The perspective of the ideal location in the museum and the exceptional assistance from Bellevue Arts Museum Curators and Installation Staff made this such a dynamic installation collaboration. The BAM truly offered an incredible platform for the education to the public about blown glass and interaction with the artworks.

Additional Information

“FracTur(ed)” has won an acclaimed international lighting award from LIT Awards as the 2018 Winner of the Artisan Blown Glass Lighting Award! 

This piece is looking for a permanent installation location. It was on display for 6 months at the Glasstastic Glass Biennial and now is de-installed. Can be configured for any type of space: hospitality, airports, commercial or residential. Pieces can be arranged into any configuration for alternative spaces, long narrow groupings or tighter clusters etc. Please get in touch for inquiries.