fabricating the scattered bouquet

UHS, San Antonio TX 2013

UHS, San Antonio TX 2013

The Scattered Bouquet is a glass wall in the main lobby of the University Health Systems, the county medical facility in San Antonio.  The piece takes the idea of the traditional hospital gift of flowers and combines that with a field of medicinal plants.  The botanical examples, all native to Bexar County, have been used – historically and/or currently  – in healing practices. The bottom panels present abstracted spider webs , once commonly used to heal skin abrasions.

The 16 panels were factory laser cut , brought back to the Blanco County studio where we put a patina on the surface then encased them between two panels of glass to make insulated units.

Drawing from collected specimens

Drawing from collected specimens

The final layout/sizing document

The final layout/sizing document

The mild steel panels were hung and sprayed with patina chemicals

The mild steel panels were hung and sprayed with patina chemicals

Eric Krause and Rick stacking finished panels

Eric Krause and Rick stacking finished panels

Finished glass unit panel, laid flat to dry

Finished glass unit panel, laid flat to dry

The finished ink drawing, ready for the digitizer

The finished ink drawing, ready for the digitizer

On the floor at the laser cutting factory

On the floor at the laser cutting factory

Fabulous glass fabricator, Rick Oswald, in the studio,  directing the insulated unit fabrication

Fabulous glass fabricator, Rick Oswald, in the studio, directing the insulated unit fabrication

Interior view of gift shop

Interior view of gift shop