2021 INSTALLATION COMMISSION FOR DUBLIN AIRPORT
This project is among the largest of my works using my glass processes. At this scale clear acrylic (Plexiglas) is more practical than glass. Installation is pending in Dublin Airport's Terminal 1 Immigration hall. Each of the four panels is two metres (6 feet) tall. The total installation width will be over seven metres (21 feet). Each of the four panels comprises seven sheets of Plexiglas, spaced 5 cm (2inches) apart. I wrote on both sides of six of these. I painted the seventh with translucent oil colours. The work will be viewable from both sides. The video at the bottom of this page includes close panning shots that reveal the three-dimensional nature of the art.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, a decision to relocate the art following security concerns means the art is in a corridor between terminals instead of centrally in the large Immigration Hall for which I designed it. This decision was made without consulting myself or the Design Consultancy involved. Made to be viewed from both sides, now it is set against a grey wall which kills the translucency of the colours and makes them appear dull. I notified the design consultancy of my dissatisfaction and suggested a possible path to improve things.
UPDATE 2: Backlighting was added to improve the installation, but without consulting me. It gives an impression of stained glass, although the writing textures now appear black and flat compared to my studio photos here. My ideal would have been to light one side from the front, which would backlight the other. Against a wall, however, only one side is viewable. It's a real shame.
The image below is a preliminary phone photo of the backlit effect. Scroll down for studio images and a video showing work-in-progress and moving pans revealing the 3D quality.
I took all photos in the studio before framing and installation, which are pending.
Writing on the reverse side of one of 28 sheets of Plexiglas this size for this art installation.
The text from Dubliners by James Joyce is largely textural, but fragments are readable on close inspection.
Textures of writing, on both sides of threes sheets of Plexiglas are spaced up to 15 cm (6 inches) above the painted background.
Another 3 sheets behind the painted layer are viewable from the reverse.