"WIND THROUGH FOUR POINTS" - Four Points Office Building, West Palm Beach, Florida

in collaboration with Gary L. Moore

Client: Palm Beach County Art in Public Places
Architect: Saltz Michelson Architects
Photo credits: Robin Hill Photography

Technique: Airbrushed enamels with laminated antique glass combined into hurricane-rated insulated glass units.

DESCRIPTION: The artwork’s title, "Wind Through Four Points", plays off of the points of a compass. Metaphorically, the wind rushes through the building, spreading through the lobby and all "four points" of its interior. The colorful first floor lobby with its 10 colors represents the sub-tropical visual flavor of South Florida: the constant cerulean blue sky, turquoise waters, bamboo leaf green, yellow and orange sun tones and sand. As juxtaposition, the second floor’s stark black and white represents an abstracted "street traffic" image. In addition, three art glass windows burst with color, light and movement. Fused glass pieces on the lobby’s side walls reference paper and other solid objects that have "blown" into the space.

It was an absolute pleasure to work in collaboration with the team of artists at Peters Studio. This was my first time working in glass at such a large scale. The visit began with the Studio team confirming their understanding of my vision and concept for the project. After touring the various workshop spaces and gaining a succinct knowledge of the many options and processes available to me … I gained an expanded view of the possibilities and inventive potential of working with glass. I began fresh drawings to accommodate the new insights into glass as a very serious creative medium. I was confident we would realize the project beyond my initial thoughts. We began to play around with colors, techniques and materials. After a visit to a nearby church I decided to use aspects of antique glass in the fabrication process. At the Studio we selected a variety of antique glass "pieces" and experimented with layering the glass as a means to produce a more intimate experience in select areas, and also to introduce into the work a historic context for glass working in Germany.

- Gary L. Moore, Artist

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