Client: Morton & Morton
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $10,000
Morton & Morton
Morton & Morton
This client wanted to create an unique sculpture that would create interest and also be a conversational piece. This custom piece is kiln formed glass 5′ x 4′ x 1.5″.
A minimalist approach gives my work a contemporary feel and illuminates the simple beauty. Glass is a smooth, seductive, and mysterious substance yet at the same time, a very ordinary substance. It can be as common as a wine glass or it can be a treasured work of art. It's part of our world culture. Glassmaking has been estimated to have been around for over 5,000 years. The same piece of glass can appear to be invisible at one moment and opaque another through its display of reflection. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist. Right down to the chemical structure of the glass. As a glass artist, the alchemist of the molecular structure of glass instructs the glass to behave in a certain manner. This is where the playground of an artist and science comes together.
I was brought in by the client after the 2D art was in place in their offices. We talked about their goals of light, space and textural form. Once we talked all of this though, we all had a firm idea of colors and style. When the raw materials were shipped to my studio I was able to begin the creation of this custom piece. As I worked, I sent the client updated images to see the progress and I installed the work six weeks later.