Perilous Sculpture by Elizabeth Kelly

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Perilous

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sculpture

INSPIRATION:
I work with geometric patterns of construction, and draw from both engineering systems of the built environment and more complex forms of organic architecture. Microbiology and the natural world are major sources of inspiration, this work demonstrates my fascination with icosohedral forms of viruses.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
My investigation with glass towers as the basis for innovation is a relatively simple moulding process that facilitates increasing the scale of my sculptures. Colour and form are the major aesthetic considerations in all the work I design and create, and the ability to tailor make my palette range for each project provides great potential architectural application. Permanent transparency and saturation of hue coupled with compressive strength makes the ideal structural material to activate of light in space.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Perilous performs as a free standing structure that has permanent saturation of hue with the ability to illuminate, reflect and or refract light. The system of glass blocks can be configured to conform to any space be it internal or external, can be complementary or contrasting, and can be scaled up or down. The material is timeless and sophisticated, with enormous compressive strength that is ideal as a structural architectural component with unparalleled capacity to capture light.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
My project started in April 2012 and was completed in August 2012. It is currently on a national touring exhibition of Australia that commenced in April 2013 and will continue until 2016

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Perilous was generated using AutoCAD to model the design for engineered carbon punch and die moulds. I melted coloured glass to press cast into glass components before jigging the assembly using glazing strength architectural silicone and PVA gaskets.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 450 mmx Depth 450 mm x Height 2500 mm

TAGS:
coloured glass, pressed glass, glass tower, glass in architecture

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
I make pressed glass objects with an interest in organic structures for architecture and sculpture. My design tools are CAD and traditional modelling. I studied early 20th century architectural glass in Europe, and have worked in private studios in USA examining processes and business models, researching colour recipes and historic designs through Corning library. I applied this research to installations of cast glass relief elements transforming larger internal spaces through colour and light, resulting from my sculptural endeavours.

CHALLENGE:
I have a costly studio practice, and finding the right market to support this work in Australia is difficult without the demographic to support such micro business industry is limited. I do not have the option of subcontracting production; my business is unique in this country, production would be cost prohibitive to move off shore unless I secure commissions with appropriate budget. Studio Glass is a relatively recent activity in Australia and in this area I am unusual in wanting to integrate architecture, art and design in the one practice.

ADDED DATE:
2014-01-28 22:27:45

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Steve Keough, Perilous, 2012

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Studio Tangerine

PROFILE:
I established Studio Tangerine in 2003 from a need for a dedicated studio to research and develop small scale industrial processes of coloured glass applied to architecture, art and design. My practice cannot be easily categorised as I maintain a broad approach to research be it conceptual or technical, and am constantly seeking out original modes of expression. I have a committed passion for exploration of colour and form and am currently focussed on exploring the built environment and patterns in engineering. Underlying this subject is a fascination with the social and historic values imbued in architectural structures and the link to scale and perception. I works collaboratively with architects, designers and sculptors on specific projects, and continues a vigorous exhibition engagement. All studio equipment was purpose built for specific processes vital for a skilled approach to working across disciplines, and in a variety of media. My studio is devoted to the design of equipment that is extremely competitive in combustion efficiency and uses recycled materials and industrial waste wherever possible and in the majority of completed works.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Perilous Sculpture by Elizabeth Kelly is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Perilous Sculpture by Elizabeth Kelly is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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