The Comfort of Glass Art to Those Passing Through a Structure
A similar theme is reflected in a work delivered to The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. The work, titled “Flower-Drop Water Garden,” (2011) is a layered water fountain. Water, light and flowers, representing ephemerality, are incorporated into this design too. Each water-like glass pool has a built-in fountain that produces real water. When the water flows from one section of the design, it pours down into the lower basin in a miniature a waterfall. From above, lotus flowers and leaves can be seen. When the water runs from the upper basin to the bottom, the space in which this object is installed turns into one of Monet’s pastel gardens.
Tall glass walls in the back express impressions of waterfalls. These walls as a whole are as large as 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. The wall and the fountains welcome every visitor here. The sound of falling water will let you relax there for hours. The technique used in this water fountain design is “layered glass lamination.” Each glass laminate is adhered vertically with a special bonding agent.
Before the sculpture can be assembled, the glass must first be made. The glass is comprised of a certain amount of natural materials such as silica sands, soda ash and limestone. The sand mixture is melted by intense heat and cooled off to solidify. When the laminate piece is layered, it looks blue-green because of iron contained in the glass. The edge of each laminate piece is curved to make the glass plate oval or round. After making a hole in the middle, each laminate piece will be added to a stack. Water can be contained in the central hole. Due to the accumulated effects of the layers, the color and the mass will be felt visually. Simply accumulating the glass plates cannot achieve the depth; however, filling the gaps with specific bonding agent makes the depth and transparency compatible.