The following pieces are located at:
Foothills Branch Library (3)
19055 N. 57th Avenue
(57th Avenue and Union Hills Drive)
Stop #14 on the Public Art Driving Tour
The Sun and the Moon
Blown glass chandelier
“Dale Chihuly is most frequently lauded for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement. Chihuly's practice of using teams has led to the development of complex, multipart sculptures of dramatic beauty that place him in the leadership role of moving blown glass out of the confines of the small, precious object and into the realm of large-scale contemporary sculpture.” – Davira S. Taragin, Racine Art Museum. Suspended in the lobby of the Foothills Branch Library, The Sun and the Moon consists of over 1,000 individually hand-blown pieces of glass.
The Magic Doors
Etched and sculpted glass
“Children are our most imaginative resource. The have the innate ability to conjure up entire fantasies from looking at simple design. To cause critical thinking on the part of the child is a noble quest for an artist.” – Kathy Bradford
Nationally recognized for her sandblasted etched glasswork, Kathy Bradford has created many architectural installations throughout the United States. She was awarded the National Decade of Excellence Award for glass fusing and slumping and often authors articles on technique. She currently lives and works in Colorado.
24 Hours in the Sonoran Desert
Laminated glass mural
The imagery for this mural reflects the plant and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert over a twenty-four hour timeline. The imagery is carved in reverse into the back of the glass panels, leaving the front of the panels smooth and un-carved. During the day, the mural is lit with natural sunlight; at night, the mural is lit with artificial lighting for optimal viewing. The image of the owl above is only one the many animals in the mural.
Melissa Paxton has been creating fine art in glass for over 25 years. Her areas of expertise cover the full spectrum of art glass techniques including kiln-forming, sand-carving, painting, laminating, and metal gliding. She has completed hundreds of custom commissions, both private and public. She currently lives and works in Texas.