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Sun and Moon Over Babylon

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Michael says: I am primarily a painter, interested in the forms and movement created by repetition and juxtaposition of lines and figures. I've always believed that about 50% of what gives a visual piece its power is what is brought to it by the viewer.

I had been thinking for some time about a piece I could make wherein the forms and actual movements can be brought on by the viewer, through actual physical rearrangement. Gradually it took shape in my mind as multiple paintings on glass pieces, which could be housed in a frame that allows movement of the individual pieces, changing the shape and content of the painting as its components are rearranged.

I used enamel paints baked onto three glass panes for this piece, and I built the wooden frame with three individual tracks which allow the panes to slide freely back and forth. Additionally, panes may be removed and placed back in a different order to create further possibilities. Hanging in front of a window (or any light source), the painted lines - intersecting, dissecting, merging and fusing - create an infinite variance of pattern as the viewer interacts with the piece to change its configuration.
glass, enamel paint, wooden frame
Michael Ross
Glass Art Design Challenge
21" x 15 "

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Cassie, UncommonGoods

May 14, 2013 02:53:15 PM

Michael's piece explores the interaction between the viewer and the work itself-a concept that definitely got our imaginations going. Check out the product story to learn more about Sun and Moon Over Babylon, then tell us what you think.

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May 15, 2013 01:34:12 PM

Give me a break; could this be more visually stimulating and satisfying? This is an extraordinarily rhetorical question.

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May 15, 2013 02:02:20 PM

Love this creative use of glass and shapes. I would love to have this handing in the middle of my front room widow. So unique and awesome!

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May 15, 2013 03:39:22 PM

this would look great at my house1

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May 15, 2013 04:08:43 PM

An interactive art experience! What more could you ask for?

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May 15, 2013 04:38:54 PM

This is super cool!

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May 15, 2013 09:41:41 PM

Totally awesome and unique!

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May 19, 2013 10:40:26 AM

This is a unique and interesting piece.

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May 20, 2013 08:17:12 AM

What a mesmerizing piece!!!!

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May 20, 2013 08:24:04 PM


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May 20, 2013 09:25:13 PM

Love the play between light, line and color in his work. Would love it even more in my kitchen window!

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May 20, 2013 10:06:12 PM

Hm, I think Elena meant "thumbs up" ...

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May 20, 2013 10:08:59 PM

Thumbs up! THUMBS UP!

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May 21, 2013 09:29:26 AM


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May 21, 2013 06:22:34 PM



May 21, 2013 07:39:00 PM

Mike Ross Creative thinking Glass Paint Wooden Frame Light You the Viewer Interaction = Wow ! Like a Calder Mobile or a mobile you hang above a baby's crib, only you are the baby and your house is the crib.

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May 21, 2013 08:11:08 PM

Fantastic! I love that you can change the mood and feel of the room by moving the glass.

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May 21, 2013 09:45:56 PM

Love this. I would love to have it and change it up daily depending on my mood :) so cool

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