My Dad was a strong, intelligent, handsome and wonderful man. He was the smallest man in his family standing 6 ft 1 in. He had rather large feet and he always laughed and told me that a church needs a good foundation. Well, the same concept goes for a piece of art. So Michael has been busy designing and building pedestal after pedestal for our glass art pieces. It’s kind of like the old saying, ”The clothes make the Man”. Michael, Patrick and some other men might heartily disagree with that, but the right clothes can’t hurt.
The design process starts with determining the functionality, modularity, and universalness of the pedestal and how it compliments the space where it will be used. Next comes deciding on the kind and amount of materials needed and purchasing them (in this case steel, glass, spools of flux core for the welder, and paint). The next phase is construction. The form will be repeated so jigs come in handy to create the same form multiple times. The pedestals are modular, so multiple parts are made and then assembled. The cut steel leg pieces are put into the jig and held into place so they do not shift during welding. The bases and the tops are also fabricated using the jig. The legs are then attached to them via the welding process. Once all the welds are cooled, the surfaces are cleaned and paint is applied. The previously measured and cut glass tops then just slide into place.
There is logic to the design as it is minimal, and meant to support and enhance the beauty of the work. The reflective glass tops actually provide another view of the art piece. The bottom line is – – it is all about presentation, you must put your best foot forward. The pay off is when artist and visitor can walk into the gallery space and say, “Wow!”. Come on out to our 1st Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition and review the art and it’s foundation.