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Sculpture

The Meta

Rainbow Upcycled Glass Art Sculpture | #MetaSculpture

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Meta in the Media:

WBTV’s “QC @ 3” TV Show

Artist creates rainbow sculpture

Meta | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Independent Tribune

“TuxedoKat has spread more vibrant art in Downtown Concord”

Meta | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
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Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

I love to hide meanings beneath the surface of my art, knowing human nature is to assume first impressions as truth without having the curiosity to dig deeper. I like to create fantastic spectacles that grab those first impressions while hinting of those easter eggs just beyond the surface. The second part of my art is how far the observer goes into the meaning of the art.

As a member of the Historic Concord community, I feel and hear the desire for more public art in my discussions with other community members. I believe that public art is the most cost-effective way to bring culture and life {back} into any community and don’t plan on stopping my pursuit to convince the governing bodies that shape this community of those undeniable benefits.

 

Meta

adjective
  1. referring to iself

The Meaning

A yoga instructor in the community invited me to put a sculpture in his front lawn – which inspired the rainbow “chakra” coloring. He had mentioned the word “Meta” which had me curious about its meaning: refers to itself. Meta is a painter painting a portrait of themselves painting, a photographer photographing themselves being a photographer, and I loved referring to myself as the rainbow making a rainbow, the pieces of broken glass repurposed into something beautiful. I also loved the motif of highlighting the observer’s opinion of Meta as a direct reference of the observer’s opinion of themselves. 

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Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Materials

 

The Glass

Vases, glasses, plates of every color were paid for and collected from thrift stores across Concord, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Resin

Resin is a wonderful medium that adds a thick gloss to a flat surface, can be formed inside a mold for custom shapes, and can even fill in large gaps to create objects river tables. Resin is a two-part mixture of liquid resin and liquid hardener that, once properly combined, undergoes a chemical reaction that hardens wherever poured. Different types of resin mixtures harden at different rates, have various rates of viscosity (the liquid factor of the resin), and can have a yellow or crystal clear color. Resin is water-resistant

This project required several types of resin to create the panels and adhere the panels to the internal frame. To allow for thoughtful placement of each piece of glass in one large mosaic, the slow-hardening MAS Art Pro resin was required to give me an hour of working time. To speed through the panel’s “fill” layers, MAS Table Top resin was used to a faster curing time. Finally, MAS Low Viscosity resin with a 10 minute working time was used to speed through the install the panels to the steel frame.

The Glass-Breaking Process

This is the part everyone loves.

We placed a flat-35 lb weight in the bottom of a large garage container, put like-colored glass vases, glasses, plates on top, then dropped the other flat-35 lb weight on top of the glass, creating smaller shards of glass. This process was more efficient time and clean-up-wise than just using a hammer.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Orbs

Inspired by the bending of light found in the purpose of car headlight lenses, each of the four side panels dawns 7 orbs. These clear orbs refracts and highlight the direct light from inside the towers. The orbs were installed onto each panel with silicone and fiberglass.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Lights

The each tower contains one strands of customizable RGB LED light strands controlled by the light manfacter’s phone app. 

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Frame

The structural steel frame was designed in collaboration with local fabricator FP&A and powder coated white with prismatic sparkle top-coat by Advanced Metals, both local to Concord, NC.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

The Process

Collection of Glass

Vases, glasses, plates of every color were paid for and collected from thrift stores across Concord, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

Cleaning & Sorting of Glass

Each glass item was thoroughly cleaned before the breaking process began.

Creating Panels

Each tower had three panels. The single large panel design consisted of the largest shards of glass placed one-by-one in a mosaic fashion. The two smaller panels were sprinkled with the bits and pieces of colored glass. The smaller panels were to be placed on the frame in a pointed position.

Layer One: Fiber Glass was pressed with resin into the mold.

Layer Two: Cleaned & sorted colored glass pieces were placed in a mosaic fashion to the fiber glass.

Layer Three: Two additional layers of resin were added to fill in the gaps and help with dulling the sharpness of the glass.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Dulling The Sharpness of the Glass

Each cured panel was removed from their molds and smoothed with a dremel or grinding tool to dull edges and break off sharp points of each piece of glass. When finished, a thick layer of table top resin top coat was the final layer in allowing the panels to be touchable.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Adhering Panels to Steel Frame

Each tower had three panels, one large and two small. The steel frame was braced with spacers to keep its form while adhere each panel to it one-by-one. 

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Creation of the Footer

On the corner of North Union Street and NE Marsh Street in Historic Downtown Concord, a footer was dug, fitted and filled with concrete. Conduits were within to run power through the footing and to the house.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Transportation & Installation

Transporting the two towers was assisted by an art-loving member of our community, Rod Ballard. Look at that sweet happy face!

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC

Celebration

These installations have brought us closer to the community and the members that celebrate what we are doing. Concord really has no footprint of celebrating public art and the citizens reflect how they would like for that to change. The Meta is just the first of many sculptures that I will put up until the City of Concord takes over the job for me.

Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC
Meta Sculpture | TuxedoKat | Concord NC