This art glass sculpture was inspired by the logo for Limitless Health Clinic in Ontario, Canada. It was commissioned as a gift to welcome their enterprise into a new working space. The client wanted the shape of the glass sculpture to capture the expansive feel of good health- as though it were reaching up, taking a deep breath of air, and then exhaling.
The sculpture is composed of three parts each created using glass raking to form the swirls and eddies of color. Each part was shaped and draped in the kiln into the three dimensional forms for the final sculpture. The body has a stethoscope kiln carved into the back of the glass body.
It and the two ribbons are attached to a central stainless steel shaft via a heavy gauge wire coil. The client, who works with stainless steel, kindly offered to ship precut pieces for me to use. They were beautifully wrought and a wonderful way to have his artistry included into the sculpture. Each of the ribbons is then attached at a second point to separate shafts of differing heights. The three shafts were imbedded securely into a piece of lava rock.
The owners of the clinic had visited Hawaii and so having their sculpture created here added that energy to the piece. The client asked if the base could be made of indigenous rock- our local rock is lava. In Hawaiian mythology, all things volcanic are under the purview of the fiery goddess Pele and it is believed that removing lava rock from the islands is a sure way to incur her wrath. I talked to a friend about having a piece of lava rock blessed as a way of avoiding any undo mischief. And then there was the issue of trying to shape the lava rock into a base. I went to a shop called Geobunga to see what they might have- perhaps something man-made that looked like lava. I was told the rock was indeed real lava- but not from Hawaii. Problem solved! I found the perfect piece of lava with the shape I wanted and proceeded to assemble the sculpture. It was truly a global piece of art!
The sculpture arrived at its destination safe and sound -except for one wire that somehow snapped but without damaging the glass. Was this a “stern look” from Pele? Perhaps. The wire was replaced and the sculpture was given to the client’s friends at Limitless Health Clinic.