Location: Fort Worth, TX, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $222,000
Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.
Fabricator - Kiln Specialist
This art glass wall installation was designed with a dual purpose in mind: to beautify an otherwise ordinary corporate office corridor in Fort Worth, Texas, while also functioning to conceal a room of computer servers. Throughout the design process, Huether worked closely with the client and project architects on a design that would deliver an “explosion of color,” as requested by the client. This collaboration led to 13 panels of hand-applied, acid-etched glass layered with 3 hues of grey glass frits, dichroic glass “jewels” in blue/gold and magenta tones, and white opalescent fused glass in abstract circular shapes.
The main goal of this integrated installation was to beautify and otherwise dreary office space while also concealing a room full of computer servers. The "explosion of color" as requested by the client was achieved through the use of color-shifting LED lights behind the dark panels, transforming the space in response to the lights.
The fabrication phase of this project offered an opportunity for Huether and his daughter, Erika, to collaborate on the different elements of glass working. Erika was instrumental in tracing the templates of the design onto each sheet of glass, cutting them, and fitting the pieces together to complete the final design. She managed all of the glass procurement, helped define the work flow, and supervised the overall quality control. Once the individual shapes of glass were cut, Erika fused them in the studio kilns and delivered them for final adjustments and lamination.
This project was heavily driven by collaboration among Huether as the lead artist, his daughter, Erika, and the client and project architects. The client wished from something specific, and through each method of collaboration during the design phase, Huether was sure to deliver precisely what the client ordered and resulted in a very successful art installation.