Art Madness!

“People in Glass Houses…”
March 1, 2009, 9:45 am
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… Should send me photos!


I have been aware of this type of artistic construction for years, and have always wanted to give it a try.  The basic concept is that you build an exterior wall that is made from whole colored glass bottles.  Mortar (a cement and gravel/sand mixture) is used in between each bottle to keep them in place and stabilize the wall.  When the sunlight hits the outside of the wall, the view from within is a beautiful combination of colors and shapes.


I love the idea of using recycled materials to create a usable space for friends and family to enjoy that is colorful and unique.  This style of construction doesn’t have to used for large scale building projects, like the living room shown above.  You could create a small wall in your garden, or fill one window of your house, or the end of the sun porch…  Thanks to Vitreosity for these images.

Another thought, bottles might not be the only material you could use.  What else is out there that would create an interesting surface for an enclosure wall?  What about using old pottery, mirrors, tiles, etc.  It worked for Nikki de Sant’ Phalle, check out her beautiful sculptures that are covered in recycled and found materials.



Installation Art in Syracuse, NY
June 26, 2008, 2:57 pm
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Installation Art is the way an artist changes how people experience a space or place. When an artist creates a work of installation art, they are trying to give the viewers an alternative way of seeing something they are used to seeing ever day. For example, the artists Christo and Jeanne- Claude wrap buildings and bridges to change our experiences with these common places. For more on Christo and Jeanne-Claude, check out their website here (my favorites are The Gates of Central Park, and Running Fences!)

A great local example installation art was created by a group of graduate students from Syracuse University. They came up with the idea to cover an abandoned gas station in the city with crocheted fabric. The students used colorful materials and created patterns, words, and messages that have to do with conserving energy and recycling. These artists created a work of art that beautifies the city of Syracuse and comes up with a good use for a derelict building. For more pictures of this work of installation art, click here, from

Respect the Art – Fear the Madness