THE ART BLOG
Now that I've worked out the layering, the opacity and the imagery... I'm on a roll! This is how the full-scale panels were fabricated. I'm nearly done the 6th panel and will be handing them over to the Fernie Forge soon for them to custom build the frame / hanging mechanism. They will be installed at the Elkford Community Conference Center (front entrance) in the coming weeks and officially unveiled on Saturday June 29th at noon by the Elkford Arts Council... all are welcome!
In fabricating the panels I first cut strips of colour in varying widths from 1" to 4", avocado green, moss green, pea green and woodland brown for the sub-alpine areas, then adding in deco gray, deep gray and white getting up to the alpine level.
I fit the strips together so there are no gaps between the colours
And I copy my template onto the glass
(I first traced this template using the projector and Google Earth)
Then grind away the excess until I get my exact ridge line
I prepared these transparencies and burned them onto silkscreens... elk tracks, ponderosas, pine cones, cedars, the Connor Lakes cabin, cougar tracks...
To use the silkscreens for "printing" the image with glass powder onto the sheet glass
One strip at a time, then loading in the kiln
I weighed out the transparent blue glass frit (crushed glass) to fill the sky and it's ready to fire to 1500F to fuse into one piece
All these sparkly bits of transparent blue glass will melt down, catching lots of
tiny bubbles and smoothing out the surface
Each panel is 1.5 feet wide by 3 feet high. Six panels will make up
the artwork (total dimensions will be 11 feet wide by 5 feet high).
This whole project has been fabricated in the Elk Valley! The frames / hanging mechanisms were made in Hosmer, by David Barrett at the Fernie Forge
Thank you to those that have contacted me, I'm enjoying hearing your memories of hiking this epic route... what the place means to you, which route you took, which end you started from. Thank you for sharing these stories with me, and please continue to tell others about your experience... lets get more people out enjoying the Elk Valley on foot.
Come out to celebrate the Unveiling...
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