"The Great Smoky Mountains"
Art Glass Sculpture
Created by Bernie Huebner and Lucie Boucher
Just as one doesn't see paint in a fine painting, it's hard to believe that "The Great Smoky Mountains" is made of art glass. Equally stunning is the artists' rendering of successive layers of alternating ridgelines and haze, as well as the dramatic illusion of depth between the closeup trees made of frit and the most distant mountains.
Fully re-arrangeable kiln-polished glass forms make up these hills, mountains, forests, and moon. The landscape is illuminated either at day or night by a light recessed into the rear of the hardwood base, which is reflected off of the wall behind. Limited edition of 30. Signed and numbered on the certificate of authenticity. Minor setup required.
Dimensions: 13in H x 42.0in W x 8.0in D
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Glasscapes are an intriguing cross between two- and three-dimensional stained glass art. They are also interactive, inviting you to re-compose the image by re-arranging the glass pieces, thus subtly changing the interplay of color, shape, pattern, negative space, the illusion of depth and movement, and illumination. Because the lamp is integrated with the base, they work equally well in daylight or at night, even as the sole illumination in a room.
Think of the pieces as a kind of visual alphabet with which you can compose many different words or even statements. This is equally true for the representational and abstract glass sets. You may wish to get more than one glass set and alternate them completely from time to time. Or you may mix pieces from different sets into an original image. And of course there is no need to use all the pieces from a set at once; you may omit one or more for visual effect. But be warned: couples may find themselves quietly “fixing” each other’s designs, as if they were furniture thought to be in need of slight re-arrangement.
Construction. Only high quality materials have been used. The dark color of the 42” hardwood base aids in the illusion that the glass image is floating in space. The glass pieces are hand-cut or sawn, then ground, and the edges polished either in a kiln or on a flat lapidary wheel.
Location. Anyplace that will enhance its qualities of light and design. Around eye level is best: on top of a mantelpiece, shelf, dresser, cabinet or wherever there is a light-colored blank wall immediately behind to reflect the light from the back of the base. The ideal location is on a piece of free-standing furniture that will cover both the cord and its electrical outlet.