Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beaded Chair

I had originally intended to paint the fourth sculpture chair a deep cobalt blue in the same vein as Yves Klien but, in the end, I felt that that was too simple a solution. I had never tiled a piece of sculpture before. I thought about Niki de Saint Phalle and her wonderfully mosaic clad happy shapes, so off I went to the my local tile show room to see what they had. It was a real eye opener. In one way or another, I was impressed with everything that I saw. In the end I decided on metalized cobalt glass droplets. The droplets came glued to 12"x12" mesh sheets. The hassle of separating the beads from the sheets was a tale of toil that I will spare the reader. Suffice it to say, the entire endeavour of tiling this chair was toil intensive. A few days into the project I found my self running out of materials. on the way to the tile show room, I stopped at the hard ware store to buy more adhesives. Much to my shock, amazement and, delight, I found bags of the same droplets, unbound by any meshed sheeting, as they were intended for lining the bottoms of fish tanks.

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