The subtle reflection of space and its ever changing qualities is expressed in the work of Alyson Shotz. The American artist conceives large-scale sculptural pieces which stand as mediums in which one experiences their surrounding environment with a renewed perspective. ‘Mirror Fence‘ is indicative of Shotz’s creative approach whereby she has constructed a picket fence entirely from mirror. The iteration illustrated in this feature was a commissioned installation for Storm King Art Center in New York, and exhibits the physical existence of the barrier being almost completely obliterated by its glassy surface that casts back images of the landscape in which it stands.
“Solarium” is a greenhouse-like structure that derives its stained glass appearance from sheets of caramel. Each of the 162 colored panes is made of sugary caramel layered between two sheets of glass. The color variations were accomplished simply by cooking the caramel to different temperatures (see the making-of video). Designed by artist William Lamson, “Solarium” was part of the 2012 “Light & Landscape” show at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York.
Solarium by William Lamson at the Storm King Art Center
Solarium functions as both an isolated hillside sanctuary and, as Lamson has put it, an “experimental greenhouse.” Caramelized sugar is baked into the windows of Solarium, tinting each a unique amber shade. All plants create sugars through photosynthesis; those inside Solarium use light that has been filtered through sugars, a circular process. Weather permitting, Solarium is designed to be viewed from afar, where it appears as a jewel-like object, and from within, for the experience of its unusual plays of light.