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Project by Arthouse posted 11-16-2011 05:37 PM 1844 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I ve been thinking about for a long time to blend the wind ,sun and water into one composition and the big Texas sky as my canvas. To do this I had to think how to make a transparent frame to use the big sky landscaping with the glass . I finally had the idea drop from my hopper one day to make a sail as the frame to hold the glass so as it looks like its moving . I used white oak using half lap joinery and dowels perpendicular to hold the angles tight and a epoxy water proof glue. I finished it with marine varnish. I set the whole frame in a welded base and went swimming to set it in my lake . I was amazed to see the glass twinkle with sounds like a wind chime against each other, reflecting the sun’s light on the water shimmering along the reflected surface twisting back and forth as the wind moved the glass. The colored glass shadow astounding me with moving reflected white light moving all over like a mirrored glass ball spinning in the center of a dance floor. To witness the melding for the first time was invigorating similar to spraying laquer for the first coat on a freshly sanded quilted lumber. A truly poetic piece that fills my heart with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and validates why I am just a guy who just makes things. I envision three sails together for a total composition like the photoshoped model I show a scale of thirty feet or higher. I see rounded spiraling wood with glass inside for a DNA sculpture twenty feet tall. The possabilites are endless once a concept is truly developed in tried and tested creations . It’s similar to “once I disipated the ignorance of myself I was able to go on my spiritual journey”. Amazing all this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 05:44 PM

Astonishingly beautiful and dazzlingly creative. Good for you. Keep going!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 06:11 PM

Congrats on bringing the first one to reality.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 10:17 PM

Wonderfully imaginative art . I would love to view it when a big ‘ole thunderstorm blew in . That would be some exciting inter-active sailing ! Full speed ahead . Best wishes .

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 10:37 PM

Wow! Dan, I wasn’t too impressed when I first saw the thumbnail pic, but being a (mostly ‘ex’-) glass sculptor and loving garden and site specific works, I naturally clicked on it and read your description. Wonderful! Spot on, wonderful!

The first ‘sail’ you installed looks great, through its form. The sail form certainly finds its natural presence in the water environment. However, my personal thoughts would have me stray from using the vibrant colored primary hues in favor of more earth toned colors especially amber/gold hues, with a few randomly placed ball crystals (for increased allure with refractive and specular dazzle). In your photoshopped model, in particular what I find more appealing is the greater randomness of the individual placement of the more monotone hued, smaller sized (in proportion to frame size) pieces of ’glass’. Also, having smaller glass pieces would lesson the fracture possibilities, I believe, in the event that a strong wind storm knocked the pieces around, harder than normal.

Having three sails, as in your model, would certainly be stunning and carry good strength in form and movement… which is one reason I would myself downplay the color. But then again, just a few randomly placed (smaller) bits of contrasting color would plainly add that extra bit of dazzle…. or as Miss Piggy (Muppets) used to say, ’that certain … Je ne sais pas…’ :-)

The carved DNA-like spiraling wood frame you speak of sounds like a beautiful flourish for the project as well. It sounds absolutely jaw-dropping! I wish I had a large pond near me, as I would enjoy doing a project like that myself….

I can’t wait to see the final pictures on this. It’s a winner!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 10:57 PM

Again Rick, you sense where I am coming from . Amazing. I agree with you on alot of issues . Since this is the first one I didn’t realize what would happen when constructing it on a flat surface. When it was up I realized I only should have used the blues and greens with a few reds. The other technical difficulties not discussed played a big part in development but this is the first one. In a few months I will have discarded this one for a better model. I will keep you posted on the newer ones. Thanks for your interest. All this and Heaven too. Dan

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 11:02 PM

.... and I’m excited to see them… good luck in your execution!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 05:06 AM

Awesome..I’ll bet its even more spectacular in person.

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 11:37 AM


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#9 posted 11-17-2011 02:32 PM

Im with Rick about not thinking much of the thumbnail, but wanted to stop in to see what this was really all about. Boy am I glad I did. I really love what you have done here, and with your description I could almost close my eyes and imagine the wonderful sight and sound you created. Very creative work… Can’t wait to see how this idea evolves….

P.S. A video of it would be a very cool perk…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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