The Corning Museum of Glass always reveals some new delight with every visit Stratoz and I make. This time it was Mosaic with Fish by Leopold Forstner(1878-1936), with gorgeous enameled fish surrounded by glass chunks is subtle gradations of green, blue, copper and gold. There was iridescence and orange, and I stood there awhile just admiring the intensity.
Leopold Forstner was part of a group of avant garde artists in Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century, and he was also known for his illustration and his textile designs. In trying to find more about Forstner, I came across a cool site, City of Memory, an online community map of personal stories and memories organized on a physical geographical map of New York City, and a story posted by a descendent of Forstner’s patron, and a chance encounter with a familiar mosaic. I love how City of Memory pairs the physical world with the emotional one, and shows how one can evoke the other. I could imagine mapping out my memories of Corning Museum of Glass, and how it has become our place of pilgrimage, of refreshment and joy as we grow in our own glass art, and our partnership.
More orange goodness at my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board.
I love this piece!!! The brightness of the fish against the muted background is very unexpected. I also love the pic of you that shows scale.