Space Blossom Sculpture by Christopher Foster

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Detail of Heidt glass brick fragments representing stars.
Close up of space blossom.
back of frame and panel displayed vertically.
Detail of clouds and asteroid tracks.
Back of space blossom.

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Space Blossom

Christopher Foster

United States


Size: 70 W x 30 H x 0.3 D in

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Art Description

Sculpture: Glass on Glass.

The following quote by Carl Sagan from his book "The Cosmic Connection" helped to inspire this piece. "Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff."
I had access to some wonderful glass during the fabrication of this window. The chunks of "star" glass are cut from bricks manufactured by the Heidt factory in Brooklyn which closed in 1915. The cobalt blue is a French flashed glass. The white streaks were cut from sheets of an antique German glass. I used a plating technique behind the center of the space blossom and the ring of fire. The flashed red center of the blossom was etched with acid and plated from behind with a yellow glass. The ring of fire was cut from a streaky "beefsteak" Wissmach glass and plated with a yellow as well. The asteroid tracks were cut from a variety of antique glass. This piece was completed in 1975. I am ready to part with it.
The exterior of the wooden frame measures 38 x 78 x 5 inches. The total weight including the frame is 51 pounds. It is capable of standing on its own or can be removed from the frame for installation into an existing window or light box.


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