Public Art Installation - Stained Glass

I've been doing stained glass for 51 years, professionally for 39 years (as of 2014). I did this public art commission in 1983. It is mounted very high up on a wall in the Denver Jewish Community Center. Opposite the wall is a very tall staircase, so the artwork can be seen best from the top of the stairs.

This artwork was donated to commemorate the passing of old friends in the Denver Jewish community, and the design was developed around that theme. Three members of a childhood click of seven had passed away at the time this artwork was commissioned.

This is a good example of dividing the interior space in a large window into smaller sections, a good option when the size of the window is too large to be fitted with one overly-large stained glass panel. The clear glass on the outside is still an eight foot wide sheet of undivided clear glass, but the inside window sill was fitted with metal bars that divided the window into the three sections you see here. This allowed the stained glass to be made in three sections that were small enough to create, transport, and install more easily than one 8 foot wide panel.

This photo looks skewed a bit because I got the best photo of this artwork from about halfway up the stairs.

This artwork is constructed with lead came, which has been darkened to a charcoal gray with a chemical patina. The stars are sandblasted into blue-on-clear flash glass.

I live in Denver so I see this public art installation once in a while. It is as sound as the day I put it in.

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