Artist Mindy Weisel partnered with Bullseye Studio to produce the large-scale kilnformed (fused) glass artwork Of Fine Days that still features—over a decade later—as the outdoor centerpiece of a 28-acre corporate office campus in Rockville, MD. The 144-square-foot artwork is comprised of eight 36” x 72” x 1.125” panels. These panels conjoin to form two 144” x 72” sections.
Success in realizing this particular outdoor project’s diverse location and durability requirements meant achieving the following wide-ranging artistic and technical demands:
• Fidelity to the original artwork, with artist-approved translations of color, figure, and form.
• Thermal stability, allowing the artwork to remain impervious to the area’s freeze-and-thaw cycles and general wide range of temperature fluctuations.
• Weather-proofed design, keeping the artwork unblemished for decades despite direct exposure to snow, rain, high winds, and direct sunlight.
• An abrasion resistant surface able to preserve the artwork from scratches and weathering while making it easy to clean regularly.
• Public safety requirements in keeping with the client’s Class-A building standards.
• A minimalist support structure able to complement the artwork, girding the glass and its weight for long-term safety and durability.
Bullseye Studio met each demand through a dynamic array of solutions. For example:
• Designed to last for decades outdoors while weathering the region’s dramatic temperature swings and hurricane-force winds, the artwork relies upon strategically selected, technically oriented layers of kilnformed glass and lamination and is supported by a steel frame (also designed and fabricated by Bullseye Studio).
• To ensure the artwork’s durability in its outdoor environment, Bullseye Studio employed a method tested and affirmed by an independent laboratory for its effectiveness at equipping glass to withstand thermal shock due to quickly changing weather conditions. The artwork was also engineered to remain stable in hurricane-force winds.
• To satisfy the client’s requirements for ease of care, Bullseye Studio employed precise firing techniques to make sure the surface layers of each glass panel had a uniformly semi-matte finish. This ensured two things: one, that the surface would be smooth and non-porous for quick, efficient maintenance, and two, that the artwork’s surface would not be so glossy that reflections from sunlight could drown out its composition with glare.
Lastly, to equip the artwork’s installers with maximum knowledge, Bullseye Studio provided design, engineering, and shop drawings that detailed the foundation, concrete base, stainless steel structure, and glazing that would be necessary for successful installation of the work.
Learn more at https://studio.bullseyeglass.com/projects/mindy-weisel-of-fine-days/.