Ideas Inc. Lobby
Commission in the Bronx, NY
On March 9, 2016, Cathy Shepherd was contacted by Aaron Fertig, President of Ideas, Inc., who saw her work on her website and loved her piece, “Dancing Required”. He commissioned Cathy to re-create a larger version of said piece for the lobby of the Solaria Riverdale Condominiums in the Bronx, NY.
The commissioned piece needed to be large enough to be the central focus on a large lobby wall but not heavy as it required to be hung. Cathy resolved this by creating 3 separate panels, 22.25” by 31” and mounting them on a large 6’ by 3’ lightweight aluminum frame. After consulting with the project owner and discussing color and glass choices, Cathy got to work.
First, Cathy sketched the design and layout on the 3 clear glass panels and painted each panel with streaks of copper mica powder.
Then, she cut the lighter colors of glass: light orange, light amber, red amber tint, chartreuse, and orange and arranged them across the clear base to construct the design. Clear pieces of glass were cut to fit in order to make the whole panel 6mm thick. Frits and stringers were added to fill in the design and add detail.
Next, each panel had to be full fused one at a time due to their size. A slow fusing program was implemented to prevent bubbles and cracking. The duration of the slow fusing spanned 2 days for each panel.
Then it was time for Cathy’s favorite part of the glass making process, she added texture colors of red, red fracture, sunset coral, orange, chartreuse and strips of dichroic glass which made the whole design come together.
Once again, each panel had to undergo another session of tack fusing which had an even slower program due to the thickness and stretched another 2 days for each.
Finally, Cathy’s job was done. The project went to The Framing Warehouse where it was mounted on the aluminum frame and then craters and freighters packed and shipped it to the Bronx! The final piece arrived safely at its new home and is displayed in the lobby of the Solaria Riverdale Condominium’s main office.