Ali Blateis, our Project Assistant, tacks down hand-cut glass on one of Spark’s panels
If youâ€™ve been to the wowhaus studio in the past six months, youâ€™d have noticed the neatly piled stacks of hand-cut, iridescent and mirrored glass everywhere that weâ€™ve been transforming into a series of mosaic murals, called Spark, now nearing completion. The murals were commissioned by Chabot College in Oakland to be installed in their Planetarium this fall, as part of an innovative public art initiative spearheaded by Diane Zuliani, Instructor of Art History and Museum Studies at the college.
One of four, nine by twelve foot, glass mosaic murals comprising Spark
Ene designed the four, nine by twelve foot glass mosaic murals to literally evoke the spark of innovation/insight/creativity so essential to higher education, and itâ€™s been exciting to see the project take shape under her capable leadership. We are very lucky to have had the ongoing help of Ali Blateis, who we hired to assist in the fabrication and composition of the murals, whose skill, focus and good judgment have been invaluable to the success of the project. Working long days and spending stretches of time on the wowhaus compound, Ali has become like one of the family, and we look forward to working together on more projects in the future.
The murals are made in sections; each hand-cut piece of glass is tacked to a mesh substrate that will be adhered to a masonry board prior to installation. The masonry panels will then be permanently bolted to the exterior walls of the Planetarium after a final grout is applied in painterly gradients. Over the months, Ene and Ali have mastered using these unconventional materials, and the results are beginning to speak for themselves!