A large, highly visible, internally lit glass sculpture. Consisting of a large rectangular, 60 x 25 x .50 repurposed glass panel, that has been sand etched to depict a magnificent local wild bird.
Birds are the ambassadors of our natural world. In order to celebrate one of our more prominent bird species, I created a large hand cut stencil of a Great Blue Heron and affixed it to the glass, and sand etched the surface. The glass panel bordered with a heavy black metal frame incorporates lighting strips, allowing the glass to be discreetly side lighted. The lighting provided by solar powered, waterproof lighting strips will activate in the evening reflecting the amount of sun light stored in the rechargeable battery during the day.
Dean A Kent, born 1957, grew up in Rhode Island and received his B.A. in Studio Arts from Hampshire College in 1982. Dean’s’ fascination with the creative possibilities of glass began with an early exposure to the work of the renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly.
Dean’s father, a self- taught electrical engineer, was asked to create Tesla coil power supplies to broadcast wireless power to Chihuly’s glass sculptures, which glowed from within with electrified gases. Dean’s fascination with glass light and color led to Dean’s work with kaleidoscopes and other optical toys in the 1980’s. He designed and marketed high end kaleidoscopes nationally selling to Sierra Club, Neiman Marcus and other fine craft outlets. Deans’ work was featured in Cozy Baker’s “Through the kaleidoscope” a book for collectors and connoisseurs of fine optical instruments.
Today, Dean focuses on the creation of artwork combining the topics of fragile glass and colorful illumination. Glass has always held a special fascination with me. It combines an ageless luster and clarity, strength and fragility, and makes an enduring canvas for design. My goal is to combine art science and nature into beautiful forms.