The brief here called for an outdoor sculpture in the driveway outside a large Geneva, Switzerland residence. The sculpture had to hold its own against the house and views of the Alps mountains and Lake Geneva — yet without obscuring the view. The client also wanted the piece to reference both the ice of the mountains and the water of the lake.
David's creative landscaping used textured glass. It looks like ice and, being partially transparent, also allows light and shadow to pass through no matter how large the piece needed to be to stand up to the powerful scenery.
Water flowing over the sculpture would create dancing reflections, further enhancing the bright icy feel.
For the sculptural detail, David favoured curved columns of etched glass, mimicking the billowing sails on a yacht. Alternative proposals explored text etched on mirrored glass; and chess-like pattern etchings.
At night, David's artistic idea was for the sculpture to dazzzle as an internally lit lightbox, shimmering with the movement of the surface water.
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