set of windows is mounted about 15 feet off the ground at the Denver
Jewish Community Center. It was donated to commemorate the passing of
old friends in the Denver Jewish community, and the design was
developed around that theme. It was designed, fabricated, and installed in 1983.
For the sky, I used blue-on-clear flash glass, allowing me to sandblast the stars into the surface of the glass.
This artwork is composed of three separate stained glass panels,
installed as shown here. Originally, the window was one large 5 foot
high and 10 feet wide opening. A local window contractor was
to fabricate and install metal separations that matched the
original metal window frame and that divided the interior space into
three sections. This allowed for the stained glass to be made in three
workable-sized panels instead of one too-large-to-handle panel.
This sometimes confuses people, so I will restate it. The clear
glass is still one large 5x10 foot window but the
space on the interior side of the clear glass is divided into smaller
openings, each one capable of supporting the weight of the stained
glass that would eventually be mounted in it. This is adviseable
for very large windows, not only
because it strengthens the artwork (here, three stronger panels
vs. one weaker
panel), but because it saves a significant amount on shipping costs as
well as the cost of
the artwork itself.
artwork is a good example of how dividing a large window can be done
artistically and in a way that it does
not detract from the design. Although the divisions here are
non-symmetric, other symmetric ways of dividing up the space are
possible. Even one simple straight-line division that makes a too-large
window ready to accept two workable and shippable sized stained glass
panels is sometimes sufficient.
The photo above makes that artwork look smaller at the top than at the
bottom, but that's just because I am taking the photo from 15 feet below
the window into which the artwork is installed.
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