Client: Shades Mountain Baptist Church
Location: Birmingham, AL, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $117,000
Design Build Contractor
Myrick, Gurosky and Associates
Gate. A backlit, dynamic backdrop for the stage platform.
Mouth-blown, double-flashed Lamberts antique glass, etched. Fabricated at Derix Glasstudios.
12’W x 19’H
Rising above the baptistery, the artwork is an invitation to embark upon a spiritual journey. It is also a gate of light through which the spirit of God may enter the sanctuary. A gate to Paradise, or a dreamlike forest. Something monochromatic was desired due to the use of various lighting effects behind the art.
First I worked with the client and architect to determine the best size and shape of the artwork.
Then came figuring out how to install the monumental glasswork without a frame, stacked upon itself in panels. This required the help of a glass engineer and the fabricator. I worked closely with the contractor, lighting consultant, interior designer and client to determine the best solutions for various issues.
The glass was etched using a digitally produced resist, to make the design emerge from the material. Blue vitreous enamel was airbrushed and fired onto the back of the blown glass as an augmentation.
Finally, all pieces were carefully ground to butt together seamlessly, then glued with two-part silicone to safety glass.