Apr 19

Site Installations With Scattered Bits O’ Glass…

by Mike Miller

The trip to Arizona, and spending time with Emily’s recent art, reminded me of site installations we’ve done together… Site installations which incorporated bits of colorful scattered broken glass, in a matrix of either Colormaker skims (overlays) and/or Sur-Tec epoxy.

Principal, Chris Heinritz, and PHA Office

This is principal, Chris Heinritz, descending stairs to greet us in new lobby of PHA’s downtown Sacramento office. Floor as “Deep Space / Telescopic Hubble View”, by the concretist, Emily McClintick & Ramon Manzano, Jr.

PHA Lobby, Downtown Sacramento, CA

Glass was first embedded in Pterra, skimmed over with multiple coats of Sgraffino and sanded back with diamonds. The field was then colored with an ebony Patina Etch Stain, well rinsed, allowed to dry and then sealed with a 100% solids epoxy. EPOX-Y… Epoxy ends in “y”… Just like SEX-Y!!!

AND HERE’S SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU A BIT O’ THE FLAVOR OF THE CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND INSTALLATION PROCESS…

This is another Emily and Ramon job, in their own “backyard”, right at South Shore Stateline, at Lake Tahoe (California side)… This is: EXPLORE TAHOE!

Early design reference… Sample with organized glass in Sgraffino, patina stained and spotted with Ironite.

Another early design reference… This one includes river pebbles embedded in skim, along with a fish print, made with a small winter-caught Wyoming brown trout. The trout represents Em’s idea for bear prints at Tahoe. You’ll see this represented in the sketch in the next photo. This is an art piece, by me, that was colored with a blue/green copper stain.

Concept here was: “Windows Into Lake Tahoe”. Being able to look into the really clear water of the lake, and see down to the bottom, with different colors representing different depths. Here are a couple of sketches… Really preliminary and then more refined. AND during the installation, with glass bedded in Pterra, before being skimmed with Sgraffino.

Putting on the final touches!

THE WINDOWS… The Glass… THE GOODS… Enjoy!!! THE CONCRETIST

3 Responses to “Site Installations With Scattered Bits O’ Glass…”

  1. Sometimes, for me, photos don’t do justice to the reality of a hand crafted floor, and I think this is one of them. The pics are just enough to wet your appetite. But, Lord knows, you want more! You want to see it up close, so you can get the feel of the floor.

    I think this kind of approach to a floor is one of the hardest for someone to tackle. There’s no drama, no graphic structure, or overt metaphors. People can’t just say, “Wow! Look at that! It’s Carmen Miranda! (or maybe a smiling pineapple!)” The mind must let go of the need to make intellectual relationships with what it sees, and just feel the floor. With glass sprinkled randomly, and loosely, there’s a certain informality to the surface that is both casual and inviting. It can be unpretentious, and at the same time different enough for people to think its cool.

  2. avatar tony says:

    nice work living in chicago we are just getting people to appreciate artisan concrete…

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