Client: Sheri and Paul Page
Location: University Place, WA, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $16,000
This is a 24’8″ river of smalti running from a private home to the edge of a large patio overlooking the Puget Sound in University Place, WA (U.S.A.) The client requested a softly undulating river, with energetic ribbons of blue intertwining, connecting the house with the vista. I used a stone border to tie in with the surrounding patio tile. The effect is simple and striking.
The client originally planned for a water feature on their patio, but it proved problematic, so the goal was to create a focal point with a running water theme that creates connection between the home and the water of the Puget Sound.
The client had a clear vision, so my job was to source appropriate materials to bring her idea to life. At every step, I offered 3 options (materials, design, stone, etc.) I also worked with the landscape designer and tile setter to integrate the artwork with integrity.
Smalti is small-batch, handmade glass and this product was made by Perdomo in Cuernavaca, MX. I used all Laticrete products for the installation. The project was fabricated in my studio on fiberglass mesh, stored in sections, then installed on site within 2 days.