This week we installed a commission that we have been working on for the past 9 months. What a great piece of work - well actually 27 pieces, as the commission was for three artworks each made of 9 individual cast glass panels weighing about 13kg each! One on each floor of the building. It looks fabulous and once the specialist lighting is installed it will be truly spectacular.
The work was commissioned for the Great North Childrens' Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infermary, Newcastle and contains 'life casts' of the hands of a number of young patients, nurses, consultants and Katya Filmus as the artist and person who did all the mould making and casting! The rear of the panels are also detailed with transcriptions of many 'get well' messages, and letters of love and support - all in three dimensions! The National Glass Centre has an amazing array of facilities enabling us to undertake an incredible range of creative art projects.
The production process for this was pretty complex, involving 'hands-in' workshops for all concerned and then the production of a bewildering arrangement of positive and negative moulds in plaster, silicone and plaster/silica in order to make moulds suitable for melting the 40% Gaffer Glass lead crystal. Once cast the panels were then polished brought to high polish using rociprolaps - a process that took about three months!
We are grateful to the hospital for enabling us to produce such a beautiful sculpture for them and hope that it will bring enjoyment to people for years to come.
See more pictures of the production here