Experience" Opens In Chicago
|The entrance of the exhibit features Baccarat
chandeliers, said to feature the world's finest crystal.
Starting with the glasses on the nose in front of your face-glass
is the substance of our lives, and not just because most of us make
a living creating, handling, fabricating, embellishing and otherwise
enhancing the stuff every day of our work lives. Even those of us
who merely market and sell the processed glazed products for homes
and buildings need to, every now and then, step back to pay homage
to its rich history, artistic values and ongoing evolution.
"The Glass Experience" opened today at Chicago's massive Museum
of Science and Industry, the largest building of its kind in the
United States. Why not Toledo? Why not Pittsburgh? Or, Corning,
N.Y? While these smaller cities have played outsized roles in the
development of U.S. flat glass technology, Chicago is filled with
the artistic achievements of such giants as Louis Comfort Tiffany
and Frank Lloyd Wright. Their inspirational windows, glass doors
and skylight domes bequeath splendor to hundreds of the churches,
buildings and homes of Chicagoland.
|Pilkington marketing and communications manager,
Rachel Hepner, with Jerry Razwick, president of Technical Glass
Products, at the exhibit.
While at the glass experience in Chicago …
- Don't miss the 20-by-16-foot Wall of Glass from Pilkington,
resplendent with various types of contemporary architectural glass
- Walk across a section of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the same
clear 2-inch-thick structural glass platform suspended 4,000 feet
above the floor of the Canyon.
- See exquisite examples of Wright's Prairie School windows, called
"light screens," which were designed to open buildings to light
and nature-before daylighting was called daylighting-while providing
a delicate separation between the two realms.
- View magnificent Tiffany stained glass lamps and windows with
a sense of depth achieved by layering plates of textured glass
in varied thickness and lead lines.
- Watch live glass artisans from the Botti Studio of Architectural
Arts refurbish and reassemble priceless Tiffany antique stained
glass lamps and windows before your eyes.
|Botti artisans assemble antique
glass pieces at the museum.
The exhibition joins together glass history, technology, plus both
contemporary and antique works of art from all over the world. There's
a lens from the most advanced telescope system every built to explore
our solar system. There's even a "forest" of 20 large, colorful
blown-glass sculptures from world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Not to mention live glass-blowing demonstrations every half hour
by artisans from The Corning Museum of Glass, who melt glass batches
into a 2,300-degree Fahrenheit fluid to be gathered and worked by
these glass masters.
There's a lot more to see and learn about glass for everyone. Bring
your employees and family. And don't forget your glasses.
WHEN: March 13 - Sept. 1, 2008
WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry, 57th and Lake Shore Drive,
for more information.
HERE to read Pilkington's announcement of participation in the
Look for more information on The Glass Experience in an upcoming
issue of USGlass magazine.
David Martin is a freelance writer for USGlass magazine.
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