Location: League City, TX, United States
Completion date: 2012
Artwork budget: $25,000
Amilee Wendt, ASID, RID
Wendt Design Group
The design firm had remodeled the residence and orginally there had been five large faux arches so the clients agreed to remove the two on the upper wall of the foyer, we argeed to leave one on the ground level and cover up the two upstairs on the upper level stairwell with a commissioned diptych artwork piece. The clients interviewed Gertrude Barnstone and asked for the space to be filled with color and light. Gertrude Barnstone is a well known local artists, who at age 85 completed what she said is her largest sculpture project to date.
The clients were happy with the cosmetic renovation of the house, so the designer suggested that commissioned pieces be used to have control on the color and the style and look of each piece. The house has an open concept floor plan so you can see different pieces of the art from many views on the first floor and the second floor as well. The clients gave the color selections that they wanted to have included in the different artworks. Some had been used in the custom decorative lights. The Nahn art sculpture project was a collaborative project which involved the clients, art consultant, interior designer and the artist. The sculpture is 12 feet high x 15 feet wide and 6 inches deep. This is Gertrude's largest glass art sculpture to date.
The art consultant brought in Gertrude and two other artists. The main floor of the house centers on the scuptural wall. The artist and designer went shopping to select each piece of stained glass that would be incorporated into the sculpture. Once the glass was selected, the art consultant stayed in touch with everyone to provide updates on the progress.
There are other artists that were used during this time period. The commissioned diptych that covered the arches upstairs is Rodrigo Aguilera, and a triptych of Fatima Donaldson was used in the reading room.