The Making of an Inspired Luminaire
It's been a long, cold winter. We were lucky to have a distraction of great proportion and significance. It's a very special project, which seemed light-years away from realization in the snowy and dark of 2015's first quarter. Spring has sprung and the project is coming to fruition.
During some Golden autumn days, when the thought of winter was yet far away, I was asked to visit a children's camp and discuss the possibility of working with the campers to create a unique artwork for a new corporate office. Working with the campers, I was requested to use the experience as the inspiration for the artwork; a lampshade.
It's no easy task being vetted for a children's camp. You've got to pass security checks, health screenings and my least favorite: attain a flu shot! It took time. Before I knew it, camp was almost over for the year.
I arrived back at camp for the project, early on a crisp, fall Saturday morning. Joining everyone for breakfast in the massive hall electric with spirit, I was immediately made welcome. Never having gone to camp, I was amazed by the singing at the top of the Campers' lungs. There was sharing, kibitzing, team spirit, and of course great food. It wasn't what I was expecting, at all. I was introduced to the campers and gave a quick show and tell of my art project offering. Many were inspired to come visit my workshop to make; (what else???) Fanciful Flights !!!!!
The children were familiar with my work and delighted in identifying with it. A joyful morning ensued; and campers continued to drift in and out. Some of them made up to three pieces each! First they picked a metal shape, then painted it. While the paint was drying, each chose beads and charms to adorn their character which had special significance to each individual artist, and their creation. I was in the art room of my dreams, surrounded by beads, paint, glue, silk-screening, sculpture making, happy artists - a piece of heaven!
Lunch was just as uplifting as breakfast. There was a big fire roaring. After lunch the campers had quiet time to recess, back in their cabins.
I took the opportunity to walk the grounds. The crisp fall air was heavenly to breathe as I followed the paths leading through the woods and down to the lake. I was delighted to come upon the treehouse. I imagined the happy sounds of the campers as they made the same exploration.
A little sign resting on the treehouse ramp sized up my entire day. I hadn't felt that much love in a while. The experience brought me back to other days of happiness in the autumn landscape where falling leaves surrounded me like kisses, as they floated downward in an harmonic cascade.
The sign painting surmised my transformational experience at the camp, and inspired my lampshade design. The leaves hug the light, as love hugs the camp. Each leaf represented a spirit set free through the experience of the camp. What an incredible and truly remarkable legacy! After communication with the ultimate client, I drew the design. Soon, we'll be able to pick the luminaire up from the laser cutter. Ram Fabrication, owned by David Murelli is charged with the enormous task of building this shade. I've never designed anything this complicated, and I doubt I ever will again.
It's a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece that must have blown the mind of the computer programmer. After it's painted, I'll bring it to Grand Light of Seymour, CT for electrical fabrication, and then finally deliver it to its Permanent home.