During the past two months I have begun working on a glass sculpture installation project in my Columbus, Georgia studio. This is a major undertaking and will take over two years to complete. Keyword is play! This is such an exciting project because the installation space is located in a historical building with several cavernous, dramatically lit areas. As I have posted on my blog in recent months, I have been exploring plant and aquatic life forms using borosilicate glass rod. I manipulate the borosilicate glass rod using a hand-held glass torch. For this art installation (and other projects currently under way,) I have been venturing into using some larger diameter rods and developing various engineering mechanisms for securing work to walls and ceilings. This is no easy task!
The glass sculptures created for this installation are very metamorphic. Sometimes a glass form might resemble a plant and sea creature simultaneously. At other times, the sculptural forms might appear as gigantic microscopic organisms. During the upcoming holidays, I plan on visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to study and photograph different aquatic creatures such as octopus, sea anemone, and a variety of jelly fish. I will use these photographs to develop drawings for aquatic life form structures, patterns, and movement The drawings serve as a blueprint of inspiration for developing sculptural glass components in the art installation. As a young kid living in Huntington Beach, California I loved exploring the tidal pools, playing with sea potatoes, or swimming through kelp forests. I imagine that this glass installation will continue to reveal some of the same child-like play and exploration. In the upcoming months, I will be sharing new updates and additions to this glass sculpture installation project. A wonderful learning and research resource is the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey, California. I am a loyal follower of the Monterey Aquarium on Twitter because they conduct and share high quality research on marine life and ocean conservation. Here is a wonderful Jellies webpage at the Monterey Aquarium that includes a marvelous video! http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/efc/jellies.aspx