Living Column : Jet cut glass sculpture

Year : 2022
Dimensions : H173.5 x W60 x D41 cm

Living Column was inspired by a huge sycamore planted circa 1780 that is nearing the end of its life. The magnificent tree was a reminder that trees, a symbol of wisdom are central to our lives. Trees are windows into the mechanics of life, with our survival inexorably linked to our stewardship of their care. Time is carved into the bark of these magnificent living columns, as they bear witness to the passing ages.

Drawings of the bark of the tree informed the profile and jet cut detailing of the thick glass as well as the structure of the rusted steel section. After the glass was jet cut the glass the scalloped edges were polished. Then detailed engraving was applied to the surface of the jet cut glass.

Living Column is Sally and Richard’s first jet cut glass sculpture.

Living Column featured in Sally and Richard’s exhibition Inspirer Expirer at the internationally important Musee du Verre Francois Decorchemont, France in 2023.
You can view the exhibition catalogue here

Living Column is part of Sally and Richard’s exhibition Exhale on display in the parkland setting continuing an avenue of trees and echoing a nearby fir tree at Buscot Park, National Trust country house and gardens in Oxfordshire, UK for the duration of their 2024 season. Buscot Park