Barbara Derix Talks Ancient Art of Glasswork at Florida Atlantic University Today


Central Train Station, Taiwan



Broward Cultural Division's Friends of Public Art, in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University's metroLAB, invites members of the community to attend an entertaining and unique event lead by Barbara Derix of the 147 year-old firm Derix Glasstudios.



For more than a century the Derix company, based in Taunusstein, Germany has been collaborating with artists and architects worldwide to create exciting and colorful large- scale glass installations. Derix will talk about the varied techniques used to create architectural art glass; show images of magnificent projects; and describe the distinctive process adopted by Derix Glasstudios.



The presentation will be held at metroLAB Florida Atlantic University, 111 East Last Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, today, December 3, at 6:30 p.m.



Art glass was developed during the 19th and early 20th centuries as the introduction of new techniques innovated glass production. Glass that includes color and form became known as 'art glass' or art in glass; and opaqueness, transparency and the use of light and form to create an aesthetic effect, became its hallmark.



"We are pleased to welcome Barbara, to learn about architectural 'art glass' and the history of the Derix Glasstudios; and also to meet others who appreciate art and architecture, in an informal setting geared for conversation and the sharing of ideas." says Leslie Fordham, public art & design administrator, Broward Cultural Division.



Today the majority of work produced by Derix Glasstudios is designed by artists and architects who travel to Germany and work collaboratively with 35 master craftsmen and multiple apprentices. The company's philosophy is to embrace the artist's ideas while using quality materials and solutions to push the boundaries of art in glass.



The company's portfolio encompasses a wide range of projects ranging from traditional stained glass windows to high profile contemporary interior and exterior art projects. These include Top of the Rock- Rockefeller Center, NYC; Central Train Station, Taiwan; Dragonair VIP Lounge Airport, Hong Kong; Museum Tower, St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, CA; LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia, WA; Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD; Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai; The Lockerbie Memorial Window, Lockerbie, Scotland; and The Blue Obelisk in Berlin. The company also undertakes maintenance of these artworks, restoration and protection, and in some cases re-construction.



Space is limited; RSVP to this unique and exciting workshop with international guest speaker Barbara Derix.



For more information contact Leslie Fordham, public art & design administrator, 954-357-7532; and visit the Broward Cultural Division website to become a Friends of Public Art. There is no cost to Sign Up.



About Friends of Public Art: Friends of Public Art members will have unique, behind-the-scenes access to one of the most dynamic and vital contemporary public art programs in the nation. Each night is unique, through a series of events and workshops that include, meet the artist receptions, artist studio visits, expert-led lectures, films, a first-hand look at public art conservation, and invitations to public art special events, members will network and learn about all aspects of public art including current and future Broward County public art initiatives and commissions.




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