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While driving across the country (Boise Idaho, to Bordentown New Jersey),19 years old, on my way to my first assignment in the USAF, I was struck by many new experiences and sights. Prior to this trip, the largest city I had ever visited was Seattle. So, when I came off the plains of Wyoming, through Nebraska, Iowa, and Western Illinois, the skyline of Chicago came at me like a beacon from nowhere. Standing proud of the already impressive structures, was the Sear’s Tower, just 4 years old, black, ominous, and the tallest building I had ever seen. A full 104 stories taller than the One Capitol building in Boise, and towering 66 stories over 901 5th Avenue in Seattle. All I could think when seeing the Sears tower for the first time was “Wow!”

To say that the experience left an impression would be an understatement. Looking down from the observation deck on the 103rd floor was mind bending, and intimidating to someone who had only flown in an airplane twice, before the experience.

My 1973 object is inspired by that iconic Chicago structure and homage to the impression it left on me.

Archfroms 1973

From small Northwest towns where the tallest structures around were grain silos and water towers, with a desire to see new things and travel, I knew at that moment – I was on the right path.

As an artist in the making, and a fan of Architecture – having joined the AF to pay to attend Architectural School – I noticed that the structure was actually four sectional blocks stacked on one another. I retained that in my interpretation of it, as well as the vented floor sections that divide the larger glass facia. I left some of the structure open, and added lighted panels at the lower mid and upper sections, and down facing light at the lowest street level.

You can see a great deal more, and a 360 degree video of the finished work at the Lumenique Site under Archforms 1973.

The skyline in 1977. I remember wondering how it was built, and just how much money Sears must be making to have afforded to pay for it. (Image source of unknown origin)

As a strange twist of fate – in my later life as Director of Design for Winona Lighting, I was part of the team that created a new ceiling “chandelier” that was part of a large building update in the early 90’s, when Sears put the building up for sale.

New Lobby ceiling, Produced by Winona Lighting

I have an affinity for Chicago, born from these experiences. I enjoy its scale, and its island-like presence surrounded by the plains of the Midwest. In fact, I like it so much that I now life in the Chicagoland suburbs, perhaps the first place of residence I chose intentionally, over others I have landing in for positions I have held. Since the Sears tower experience, I have seen and visited taller structures. Yet, this remains one of my favorites.

If You Like What You See

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New Objects 2021 – Artifact 1

Posted: September 8, 2021 in New Objects 2021

This recent work is inspired by the ironwork of the late 19th century. While we see this still exposed on bridge construction today, ironwork is the skeleton of brick structures over a few stories, and for the most part, remains within the skyscrapers to this day.

artifact 1

I’ve always been fascinated by the cold riveted assemblies of a million parts, that come together to create rugged, stiff, long lasting structures. Assuming they are cared for properly. In the case of this particular presentation, I’ve finished the surface in iron and applied a chemical to produce the rust patina, then clear coated it to make it touchable. This is how most iron looks exposed to the weather in the Desert Southwest, where trusswork was used heavily in mining operations. Artifacts of this type stand after a hundred years of exposure.


Inside the 1966 Needle

Posted: September 1, 2021 in New Objects 2021, Uncategorized

Here is a summary of how the 1966 object is made (wiring and driver components are not shown for clarity). The lighted objects I am creating are more involved in the design, engineering, and building stages than any manufactured product could ever be. This is part of their character. Just as sculpture artists using numerous process steps to create art from bronze or steel, making lighted objects also demands a great deal of pre-planning and numerous steps to realize the final work completed.

Exploded view of the 1966 object.
WIP Time and Raw Investment Involved

New Objects 2021 – 1966

Posted: September 1, 2021 in New Objects 2021

This is the first of the series of lighted objects I have created for offer on the Lumenique site. I will publish each one with a brief on what inspired it.

Most will recognize this from one of my favorite cities on the West coast. As a kid, we visited the 1966 World’s Fairgrounds numerous times. We visited the museums and displays, then played on the grounds. My last visit there was many years ago, on a working tour of projects I was doing as a Lighting Designer in the area.