An Amazing Fused Glass Installation!

I am doing a different kind of post today.  I wanted to share this amazing fused glass installation!

This is an interesting article about a fused glass installation I read in the New York Times in the Arts Section, click here to read the entire article.


Making Artistic Connections at a Subway Station

In the grays of winter, the last stop on any subway line can have a lonely, ominous feel. But when the new $530 million South Ferry station, the terminus of the No. 1 train, opens in January, it will have some added luminosity, thanks to a site-specific installation by the artists Doug and Mike Starn. Commissioned by the Arts for Transit program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the installation, “See It Split, See It Change,” includes curved floor-to-ceiling glass walls laced with silhouettes of trees, a marble mosaic of a vintage topographic map of Manhattan, and other imagery drawn from nearby Battery Park.

Fused Glass Installation by Doug and Mike Starns

Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

The Starn twins, Doug, left, and Mike, at the new South Ferry station, with their installation “See It Split, See It Change.”


Curved Fused Glass Wall by Mike and Doug Starns

Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

The curved, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, with their silhouettes of trees, were made using a new fused-glass technique.

Doug and Mike Starns --Topo Map and Decomposing Leaf

Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

A view of Doug and Mike Starn’s installation at South Ferry shows the topographic map and a decomposing leaf.


The following are some excerpts from the article:

“When the Starns were first approached by the Arts for Transit program in fall 2004, they were busy with other projects and not particularly interested in participating, Doug said. But the brothers came up with a proposal at the last minute and won the commission the next year. Ms. Bloodworth said the Starns’ proposal was chosen on the strength of its imagery, its melding of high technology and organic and urban history, and its sturdy materials. ”

“The main part of the installation, the curved walls that hug the station, was made using a new and unusual fused-glass technique, like laser printing but with glass powder instead of ink. It gives the panels a layered quality: against a background of cream and celadon— the colors of a winter dawn — the black branches seem to echo one another. For inspiration, the brothers photographed trees in Battery Park; they said they didn’t know what kind. “We just go out and shoot good-looking trees,” Mike said.”

“The fused glass was the project’s biggest challenge. Even the fabricator, Franz Mayer of Munich, a 160-year-old firm known for its expertise in architectural glass and mosaics, “didn’t really know how to work with it,” Mike said. “And we didn’t know how to work with it. It was trial-and-error, and one year of testing.” Still, they did not consider scaling back to a more traditional industrial technique. The tiny bubbles, striations and other imperfections in the finished panels are part of their charm, Doug said. “It feels more alive.”

To read the rest of the article, click here.


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