This was a wonderful project for a home theater. Thirteen panels of up to four layers of fire polished glass laminated to the front and back of 1/2″ tempered safety glass. My clients love the southwest and wanted to me to include saguaro cactus. This is a continuous scene of buttes and mesas. I wanted to give the impression of more buttes and mesas in the distance by laminating them on the back as well. The panels are spaced three inches apart for sound, and lit fiber optically from below, and controlled by a dimmer switch, which allows for dramatic changes in the colors of the glass. We have dubbed it “the mood wall.”
Keeping with the southwest theme for the home theater, I wanted to convey the impression of red rocks. I used Lamberts red on amber flashed glass from Germany. I fused and slumped the glass in a 5’x9’ kiln, as some of the 19 panels are too large for any of my kilns. The panels are layered in three levels, which I precisely placed by building a huge jig in my studio, and drilled the placement holes for the rods in the wood for the ceiling. The architect (Jeff Knapp) had already purchased a fiber optic driver for the lamp, so we spent days stripping the fiber optics, sanding them to allow more light, and weaving them through brass mesh that floats in the panels. I coated the interior of the panels with a two-part epoxy plastic to make them safety glass. The hardware is all handmade, as well.
Using the same Lamberts glass I made two sconces for the back wall of the theater, which are approximately 20 inches wide and 16 inches tall.
These were designed to allow light to flow from below the lights, and to bounce off the ceiling above. These create a unifying element leading up to the theater.