Notes from the Artist:
This project was a joy primarily because of the energy and ideas the University team brought to the process. In the months we worked together, I learned a lot about the campus, its significance to the Commonwealth, and the commitment of its wonderful staff.
Each award consists of a fused glass pillar which is affixed to a black marble base. The glass was fused twice to produce the textured white lines, cut using a diamond saw, and then polished in a 5 stage process. My greatest challenge was producing nearly a dozen identical pieces, with a very detailed design which required approximately 500 pieces of Bullseye fusible dichroic, cathedral, and opalescent glass, stringers and ribbons. The following are pictures of the works in progress.