Outdoor art is the perfect material to highlight the beautiful outdoors! Illuminated glass art brings magic to the outside and can set the perfect vibe for the evening.

The Process

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Creation and Planning

The first step is knowing the space.  Plans, site visits, and/or photos are most helpful to make the art feel a part of the space.  Carlyn and her team will provide sketches or if local can mockup the glass heights and locations with various materials.  Once all the information is gathered, we write it up in a contract and upon approval we start creating!

Glassblowing and Assembly

From the sketches and renderings, Carlyn and the team create each of the glass pieces by hand.  The glass is created and coldworked (ground down and/or polished) to fit all of the metal components.  All of the pieces are fit together and assembled.  Once assembled, all of the electrical components are wired in and prepared for installation.

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Installation and Lighting

Once the glass is all put together in the studio, the installation is usually the easiest part!  Following the specific locations, each piece is installed in its location.  The electrical can be done simultaneously or before the project as long as the final hook up is done by a master electrician.  The pieces and components are all durable and waterproof.  Through the electrician, the lights can be on a remote or connected to the site’s lighting system.  The celebration begins once the sun begins to set and the lights enhance the beauty of the space!

The Materials

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Glass is robust and has an optical brilliance. Each of the spires are solid, durable and impactful. The bamboo is all blown. The glass is thick, but hollow allowing the light to be inside. Usually the spires are always clear with the bubbles, letting the light color the glass in various ways. The bamboo can be colored to match the surroundings.
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The Spires are light from within with a color changing light which also controls the kelvin or the temperature of the white light. This is really nice to give full flexibility and customization to the color of each Spire. The bubbles catch the light and disperse it organically throughout the top of each Spire. The bamboo is lit internally. The colored bamboo typically is lit with white light while the white bamboo is lit with color changing lights.
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Each Spire is held upright by a metal tube which houses the electrical and the support structure. This is usually silver in color as it is buried under the ground. It can be colored to match the groundcover or terrain if needed. The bamboo is spaced apart by metal pieces to keep the glass safely stacked and internally holding light. This metal is typically silver.

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