Jean Shin
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Glass Block (Tacoma), 2006

In collaboration with architect Brian Ripel

Empty wine bottles and silicone

8 ft h x 8 ft w x 1 ft d

Commissioned by the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA for Permanent Collection

In order to transform the viewer’s perception and experience of architecture, hundreds of colorful glass bottles are laid on their sides and carefully fitted into one of two entrances to the gallery. The installation creates a dense wall of color out of the former passageway. Viewed from inside the gallery, the blocked entrance resembles an illuminated stained glass window. The wine bottles were collected from the local Columbia Vineyards and wine bars near Tacoma where the museum is located.

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