Client: Private client
Location: Lafayette, CA, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $30,000
Arthur Stern Studios
Patricia St. John, APLD
St. John Landscapes
A few years ago I created a 5'-8″ high x 5'-2″ wide leaded glass window at the entrance to this home along with three windows in the dining room, that were an ensemble of related designs. The ultimate compliment to an artist is when a clients calls on you for another project, in this case a large 14' wide fabricated steel gate for the driveway. The gate was designed to be an additional part of the ensemble.
This client has an appreciation for geometric art, and their collection includes works by artists like Yaacov Agam and Victor Vasarely. I could see why they were drawn to my geometric abstractions in glass, that are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School art glass as well as the great German architectural glass artists Johannes Schreiter and Ludwig Schaffrath. My designs are contemporary and sometimes also include shapes from nature, or symbols related to the building, as well as drawing inspiration from the shapes and colors in the architecture. I have used Wright's geometric design vocabulary as a departure point in creating my own evolving personal abstract vocabulary that I apply to the design criteria required for each project. In this home my goal was to both integrate with the shapes of the building as well as become a part of their larger art collection. I was honored to be called back to design their gate and to collaborate with this client once again.
The client in this case is a design professional, and when they were planning major landscaping changes to the front of the home, it was their Landscape Designer who suggested a new gate to match the existing window that I had previously created. In collaboration with the clients as well as the Landscape Designer I offered several design options for their consideration. The fabrication of my design in painted steel was carried out by a professional gate and fence contractor recommended by the landscape Designer.
I like to use white glass as accents in my art glass designs as it is graphic in all light conditions. I carried this into the gate design with white triangular details, that also function in making the gate more visible when approaching at night.