Fused Glass Memorial Windchime - Honor Your Loved One

This Windchime was the result of brainstorming between the client and myself regarding what format the "memorial' would take. The piece was intended to honor the life of a young artist, as a gift to her brother. The client didn't know exactly what she wanted, but provided me with the small sketch of the heart logo used in the deceased artist's work. I immediately recognized the drawing as that of an anatomical heart; that is when my intuition took over regarding how to infuse this piece with the energy of the person it was meant to honor. Asymmetry, bold patterns and sound via a windchime mounted from the bottom all added up to memoriam guaranteed to be treasured (once the tears stopped flowing).

Adding the chime at the bottom was a nod from my intuitive side; I believe that the spirit never dies and is only a thought away. When the chimes gently sing, the recipient will be recall the person who this piece honors (and maybe she will call him!)

A special twist within this project arose because the piece was originally intended as an xmas gift; since there was not time to create the entire piece before the holiday, I imagined how "something" could be gifted by the date, with the entire piece to follow. I was inspired by the saying "when you left you took a piece of my heart"; I cut the "piece" in the form of a jigsaw puzzle for two reasons. First, because it was FUN - fun to present the recipient with a small pink polka dot piece of glass in the shape of a puzzle piece... what the heck is that? Second, because the sudden death of this young lady left so many questions - how would her life have gone had she been able to continue - would she have children? Where would she live? Would her artwork become nationally/internationally known?

The ample "latitude" given by the client in this project allowed it to manifest into a singular piece...close your eyes and open your mind - that is where the extraordinary dwells!

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