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Portals by Bill Hess


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Code: 87BHCLC5
Price: $4,550.00
Dimensions: 40"H x 32" W x 3"D


This glass block installation consists of cast art glass blocks mortared alongside conventional manufactured block. The installation can be put together on site, or as a smaller arrangement, shipped as an assembled frame. Each of the cast blocks is uniquely designed and cast with 100% recycled container glass. The outer edges are cast thicker to match the full thickness of the block wall, and the edges taper to a translucent thickness allowing light to pass through. Inspired as a “green” response to a common enhancement for a kitchen or bathroom space, these blocks take the concept a step further into the art realm.  The glass itself is luminous and earthly in both its look and feel.

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I enjoy seeing a discarded glass bottle assume a new life. Glass containers have an intimate place in our lives, and this relationship is energetically etched into each piece that I create. I feel like an alchemist as I work to transform the physicality of glass while preserving its soul and history. From a practical perspective I feel frugal in sourcing my materials, but more so, I feel ecological. I strive for efficiency and intelligence in utilizing objects and resources that are beautiful, readily available, and whose prior lives are still evident upon reaching my hands. Over the past 10 years, this re-use philosophy has meshed well with my interest in conveying a message to celebrate, engage, and provoke a more meaningful relationship between people, nature, and objects. I bring this sensibility to the content of my work with recycled glass, whereby natural imagery is introduced either intentionally, by chance or discovery through the creative process. When the glass creates a dialogue with the content of a sculpture, I experience an energetic shift and a bit of the supernatural. This makes the whole creative process worthwhile and justified while hopefully providing some inspiration, joy, and reflection for others. I was educated as an artist and engineer and became interested in art glass while living in Seattle studying at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Much of my experience with recycled glass has been through independent discovery. Recently, I have been creating larger pieces in the form of counter tops. These have evolved into awesome painterly type works. Each has a substantial ethereal signature both in mass and visual information resulting from the idiosyncrasies of recycled glass.

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