Greg Glebe: Company Founder, Master Woodworker… Underground Dumpster Designer?

Aside from his hours spent leading the team here at Pedestal Source, our company founder Greg Glebe tends to lead an active lifestyle. His post-workday energy is typically invested into projects that allow him to express his hands-on creativity. Examples include designing and flying paraplanes in the Arizona desert, building a massive climbing tower in front of our old shop and teaching the old shop dog how bowl. Info on these projects will appear in future posts.

In this post, we wanted to focus on one of Greg’s latest projects: Engineering a one-of-a-kind, fully-automated, underground space saving trash receptacle for an high-end apartment complex he built here in Fort Collins, CO. Inspired design? We think so. Take a look…

Top 3 Things to Consider when Lighting a Sculpture

Illuminated glass globe on spotlighted pedestal
TipsOne of the most fascinating aspects about experiencing a sculpture is how many ways there are to do it. The setting, lighting and point of view can all have a dramatic effect.

The process and decisions involved in lighting sculpture can go in a number of directions depending on a handful of factors. Here are the top 3 things the team here at Pedestal Source ask our customers to contemplate when lighting a sculpture:

1. Medium

What your sculpture is constructed from has the greatest influence on the approach you take with lighting. From a illumination standpoint, all mediums fall into one of three basic categories: clear, semi-opaque and opaque.

  • Etched glass sculpture on ambient lighted pedestalClear: Glass, acrylic, crystal, etc. Sculptures made from a clear medium have the most options when it comes to lighting. These range from spotlighting, ambient lighting, overhead lighting and back lighting.
  • Semi-Opaque: Lightly colored, milky or frosted glass, acrylic, crystal andsemi-opaque vase on ambient lighted pedestal so on. Lighting requirements for sculptures in this category vary dramatically. Spot lights are generally not able to penetrate deep enough to have an effect on most semi-opaque pieces, leaving ambient lighting, overhead lighting and back lighting as the remaining options.

Quick Tip: If you are unsure of your art piece’s level of opacity, we recommend grabbing a high powered flashlight and holding it directly under the base. More opaque pieces will only allow the light to pass an inch or two from the bottom, and ambient lighting would not be recommended.

  • plaster sculpture on ambient lighted pedestalOpaque: Examples range from densely colored glass, acrylic and crystal to bronze or stone. With opaque sculptures, lighting is typically limited to its ability to amplify levels of contrast via cast shadows. Options include ambient lighting and overhead lighting.

2. Scale

Large sculpture on ambient lighted pedestal w/ backlightingWhile smaller scale art pieces can be adequately lit by a light source embedded within a pedestal, larger scale pieces may require an external source to get the job done right. Here are some general rules when it comes to lighting large scale pieces:

If your sculpture is…

…large and opaque, a directional light emanating from a ceiling mounted light source is usually the best choice.

…large and clear or semi-opaque, a combination of ambient light, back light and/or an overhead light would be ideal.

…large and broader at the top than the bottom, ambient lighting typically works best and overhead lighting would be out.

…large and broader at the bottom than the top, overhead lighting typically works best and ambient lighting would be out.

3. Warm or cold?

Frosted sculpture on ambient lighted pedestal with clear acrylic dust coverNo, this is not in reference to your personality or your sleeping temperature. It is about the desired mood of your art piece. Standard lighting elements are typically one of two flavors: yellow (warm light) and blue (cool light).

For most sculptures, selecting a light color is entirely personal preference. The questions you should ask yourself are:

  • When I first laid eyes on this art piece, how did it strike me from an emotional standpoint?
  • Was that emotion more on the calm and soothing side or the intense and dramatic?
  • Now that it is in my home/office, is that still the mood would I like it to convey?

While there are many predefined rules for lighting a sculpture, there is plenty of room for creative expression. Lighting is a medium just like anything else. We recommend you take the time to experiment and see what lighting method best captures the spirit and mood of your art piece.

Artist Highlight: David C. Roy, a Kinetic Master

Few artisans have mastered the complexities and intricacies of kinetic art as David C. Roy. His sculptures are comprised of delicate, precise wood forms put into motion by the constant force of a wound spring.  After a simple winding, they entertain with motion and soft sounds for hours.

His website “Wood that Works” showcases his portfolio, his blog and is loaded with embedded YouTube videos showing his kinetic sculptures in action. If you have a few minutes to blow, we would highly recommend you check it out!

A displaying we will go…

Happy at workPassionate? Sure. Energetic? Most definitely. A little quirky? A few of us may fall into that category.

While all may be correct descriptions of the team here at Pedestal Source, our most accurate moniker is “service oriented”.

Every member of the Pedestal Source team is here because he or she is dedicated to his or her role in providing our customers the best possible quality and customer service possible. Whether it be the guys in the shop investing their sweat equity into the build, the design team staying around long after the workday is over to complete a custom project or the countless hours the office and sales team spend working with customers to determine the ideal solution for their needs — there is nothing more important to us than those we serve.

Making you look good – that is out motto. We build the displays that get you noticed, and we couldn’t be more proud.

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