Memorializing 9/11 – Custom Displays

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We recently had the opportunity to build custom pedestals for a display memorializing the 9/11 attacks. Fire Chief Russ Wood from Glendale Heights, Illinois called us to help him design displays to feature three special items he received from a fellow firefighter in New York City: soil from the crash site in Pennsylvania, a building block from the Pentagon, and a corroded steel rod from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

Along with the use of our overhead lighting and custom acrylic wedges, used to tilt the soil and building block toward the observer, we also engineered a system of magnets and metal supports for the corroded steel rod to expertly display these unique, meaningful artifacts.

The goal at Xylem is mind-blowing customer service, in this case meaning we do whatever necessary to find a solution that allows the artifacts displayed to shine, without the displays themselves getting in the way. This is particularly important with sensitive projects such as memorializing 9/11.

Beyond paying condolences to the lives lost, Russ told us the display also serves to remind the Glenside Fire Department of the necessary sacrifices they perform on a daily basis.

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Premium Museum Display Stands Can Help Pull Local Exhibits Together Properly

Starting a community museum is a rather large undertaking. To begin with, there is all of the advance preparation needed to obtain the building and artifacts. Then there is the matter of pulling it all together to create exhibits that people are actually going to enjoy and want to see multiple times. For that, community organizers should consider investing in museum display stands.

Hanging pedestal with sculpture

Museum display stands can help curators drive home the purpose of the exhibit and how it fits into the broader scope of things. If done correctly, it can also convey a unique, relatable, educational story that people may be tempted to revisit and share with others.

When shopping for museum display stands, board members should take into account the several things. One of the most important is the type of materials used in the museum display stand’s construction. Ideally, the materials should be strong and unable to cause damage to the display items. It is also vital to ensure that lighted museum display stands are designed to limit or prevent direct UV exposure. The list of safe construction materials to look for includes laminate, acid-free boards, water-based polyurethane sealants and Plexiglas.

Lighted glass sculpture with black laminate riser

Patrons’ safety and security as well as that of the display items should also be considered during the purchasing process too. For instance, it may be prudent to choose museum display stands that allow ample clearance for baby strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, backpacks and other devices. In other situations, museum displays that feature theft deterrent devices or open enclosures that encourage interaction between patrons and the displayed items may be more apropos.

At Pedestal Source, we have a longstanding reputation for creating some of the best museum display stands in the nation. As such, local municipalities and national museum curators alike can count on use to create safe, affordable and stylish displays. We are also always willing to share suggestions on which museum display stands are best for a given situation. To ask questions and learn more about our museum display stands, please contact us by calling (800) 333-9953 today.

Rodin’s “The Thinker”: Considering Practicality and Aesthetics When It Comes to Statue Pedestals

Statues come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials that buying a sculpture pedestal can become confusing. Not only do you have to consider the practical aspects of weight and size, you also have to consider the aesthetics of the piece. You can’t have a pedestal which competes with the statue for attention but, at the same time, the pedestal should also befit the statue. If you have a really beautiful, ornate statue, you might not want to get a completely plain pedestal to go with it. So you need to walk a fine line if you want to get a pedestal that goes well with your statue.

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Practical Considerations

Let’s say you’re trying to find a good base for a small bronze sculpture called “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. The sculpture is only 15.5 inches tall, but you need to keep in mind that it’s all solid metal, which means that it’s going to be fairly heavy. So you’ll need a pretty solid pedestal to put it on. Some more delicate-looking acrylic bases may be able to support the weight as well, even though they look fragile. In either case, you might want to give the vendor an accurate idea of the weight of the statue to find out if the pedestal you’re looking at will be able to support it.

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Aesthetic Considerations

Although the statue is mostly dark, its patina is a combination of black, gold and green. This mixture of colors looks great on the marble base featured in the photograph because the two patterns complement each other. Would this sculpture look good on a plain black pedestal? Probably not because the black would look too heavy in comparison with the delicate work that went into the making of this statue.
However, you might want to consider granite laminate pedestal which would complement the colors of the statue. The glassy look of an acrylic pedestal would also present a good contrast with the dark, heavy metal of the statue. Our ebonized walnut veneer cylinder pedestal would be a good choice because of its circular shape and the dark grain running through it.
So if you’re looking to find a practical and aesthetically attractive pedestal for a statue, contact us.

Glass Sculpture with a Spot Lit Laminate Pedestal Base

Celebrating Mothers with Love and Pedestal Discounts

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. That means you only have 4 more days to decide how you are going to celebrate the wonderful mothers in your life. Mother’s Day, specifically in the United States, has been celebrated since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it to be a national holiday that was to be held every year on the second Sunday in May. Of course, we Americans were not the first to celebrate our mothers, so let’s take a look at how this tradition began.

Ancient Greeks honored their mother of the gods on a special day, Romans honored their version of the mother of the gods, Christians honored the mother Mary, and the English gave servants a special holiday in order to visit their mothers. According to familytime.com, “Julia Ward Howe is credited with first suggesting a day to honor American mothers and to celebrate peace in 1872… Howe organized annual Mother’s Day meetings in Boston.” It took years to formalize the day, but “in 1913, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for federal government officials to wear white carnations in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May.”

Mother’s Day is now the day that mothers receive cards, homemade goodies, treats, clean houses, breakfasts in bed, gifts, and many other pampered luxuries. The question for those who have mothers or mother like figures is what to get for them and how to show them your love and appreciation?

Pedestal Source wants to help you celebrate and spoil your mothers by offering a special discount of 15% off any pedestal that is not already on sale. Better hurry, this deal will only last until Mother’s Day. Simply call our store at 1-800-333-9953 and mention the Mother’s Day discount and you will receive 15% off any pedestal you choose as long as it is not already on sale.

Give your mother something she can place her other Mother’s Day gifts on, give her something she can keep for years to come, give her something that will help decorate her house, give her something that says “I love you and I want you to have something special.”

Mother’s Day is 4 days away, what are you getting for your mother?

The Down Light Showcase Pedestal: A Museum Quality Showcase

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“It belongs in a museum!” These famous words of Indiana Jones always pop into my head whenever I see something precious, rare or valuable in the world today. Indeed, so many objects are museum worthy or display worthy, from fine art, to historical objects, to memorabilia, whether found in an actual museum or in a personal collection. But after discovering the precious piece you want to display, the next realization is this: It needs a museum quality display case to showcase it. A display showcase that will enhance the beauty, not distract from it.

Pedestal Source is proud to announce our latest product: The Down Light Showcase Pedestal. Made in the same tradition as our other high quality display pedestals, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal is handmade in the U.S.A. right here at our facility in Fort Collins, CO. This lighted display case combines a simple, aesthetic beauty with innovative engineering to put all the focus on your precious piece. Whether you’re a museum curator, a gallery owner, a jewelry shop owner or a private collector, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal gives you a quality, museum display case that you can be as proud of as you are the piece you’re displaying.

Let’s look at some of the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal:

  • Overhead and/or ambient under lighting.

How often do beautiful pieces of art fail to stand out simply because of poor lighting? At Pedestal Source, we have years of experience in displaying art and other valuable objects. We know that certain pieces need lighting from above, and some are better illuminated from the bottom. That’s why we give you the option of either low voltage LED top lighting, or ambient under lighting, or both. There are an amazing variety of looks that can be obtained when using the changeable color LED under light system.

  • Laminate or wood veneer finishes available.

There’s no need to settle for one finish, one color. Choose from many real wood veneers and laminates so that you get a great display showcase that not only highlights your object to perfection, but suits the room around it.

  • No visible door hardware or wiring.

Nothing distracts from your fine art like clumsy door locks and intrusive wiring tubes down the side or corner of the viewing area. Our engineering team has developed an innovative system that keeps the sight lines clutter free. All you see is what is meant to be seen: your piece being displayed. Check out the video below for more details on how to access the display  area.

  • Completely customizable – imagine the possibilities!

So you’re looking at the picture of the case and thinking, “It’s nice, but I really need something like (fill in the blank)”. At Pedestal Source, we have always prided ourselves in making our products customizable. The Down Light Showcase Pedestal is no different. Whether it’s the overall size, the acrylic viewing area, the finish or even adding storage, you can be sure you will be getting a great custom made showcase that meets your needs. You can even interchange the display platform. Imagine a mirrored platform underneath a sparkling piece of jewelry!

At a time when there is much discussion of U.S. Manufacturing jobs going overseas, we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our display pedestal and showcase products are made right here at our facility in Colorado. You can also rest assured you are not only getting a quality American made product, you will be getting first class customer service to go with it.

Whether you’re looking for a museum style case to display your fine art or collectables, or you are a jewelry shop owner that wants an eye-popping jewelry display case, The Down Light Showcase Pedestal will put the focus clearly on the item inside of it. Couple that with the confidence of knowing you have a superior, made in the U.S.A. product, we’re sure you’ll treasure this case almost as much as your piece! Well, maybe not, but either way, we think Indiana Jones would approve.

Watch the video below to see the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal in “action”.

They Say It’s Your Birthday…

It’s funny how the older I get, the older “old” gets.  For example, when I was 15 and my oldest cousin turned 19, I felt sorry for her.  She was so….old. But, of course, as the saying goes~youth is wasted on the young.  Case in point, our fearless leader, Greg Glebe, turned 53 this week and back in the day when I was a wee lad, I would have assumed he was headed to the old-folks home.  But, to the contrary, Greg is in the midst of the most creative time of his life (not withstanding the creating of his three lovely daughters).  Our gift to him this year is wonderfully symbolic of his creative energy and drive.

As all you faithful followers of this blog may remember, Greg gathered all of us together earlier this year for the First Annual Xylem Design Mud Run. This was part of Greg’s brainchild to build a culture within the company of closeness, team-building and self-awareness.  And perhaps a little desire to kick our butts! We took the shirt that Greg wore that day along with a photo of us all covered in mud from the run and framed it in a beautiful frame made by our talented master woodworker, Brad.

This gift is symbolic of so many things about Greg ~ his leadership, his desire to create a close team of employees (that creates wonderful contemporary pedestals and products and service for you!), his ability to think out-side of the box and his willingness to get his hands (or his whole body) dirty when the task calls for it. His energy manifests throughout Xylem Design and creates amazing products and customer service for our devoted customers. Happy Birthday, Greg! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us who work here at Xylem Design and all our loyal customers!

Xylem Designs Beginnings, Part I: Who is Greg Glebe?

There’s a certain contradiction I have become aware of since starting to write this blog post about the history of Xylem Design, Pedestal Source and it’s CEO and founder Greg Glebe. He’s completely not into “self-gloss”. His level of uncomfortable-ness is as apparent as his disdain for the concept of hero worship in our culture today.  Yet to understand the company, you must understand the story of Greg and what makes him get up in the morning. Without trying to make Greg into the hero he doesn’t want to be, let’s look at one of Greg’s highest values: “leaving your ego at the door”.  So let’s leave that ego at the door and step inside the Xylem Design shop here in Fort Collins, CO.  One thing is inescapable when you walk in that door and that’s this: There is a vibe.  It’s not necessarily uber-cool, and certainly not swanky, snarky, or hipster deluxe, and definitely not egoic.  I’m talking about the vibe that comes as a result of a person’s personality.  That person is Greg Glebe.  It’s apparent this company has taken on his personality.  That personality? One of confidence, humor, creativity, humility and most important – service. This certainly comes as no surprise, especially given information like this article in the Phoenix New Times archives some 20 years ago. Make no mistake, Greg is CEO of a for profit business today.  But it’s a business that is trying to do more than make that profit. It’s trying to make an impact on people’s lives. The lives of the customers, employees and vendors. What compels a person to help someone without any tremendous gain for themselves; to look around and say, “Nobody’s doing anything for that person, I’m gonna do it”?  A look into Greg’s upbringing may help to explain.

Long before the first easel or pedestal came off the assembly line, Greg was being brought up by a unique confluence of parental traits in suburban Philadelphia.  His mother – artistic, humble, very spiritual and practically a saint by all accounts; and his father, innovative, creative and a renaissance man of sorts.  Both intelligent, caring individuals that were known as a safe haven for people in their community.  Anyone looking for wisdom, advice or even just someone to lend an ear could come to the Glebe household anytime.  “[My upbringing] is the underpinning of why I get up in the morning,” says Greg. “It’s not all about making the almighty buck.”  Perhaps this intersection of creativity, hard work and innovation along with being well grounded is what provided the foundation for what was to come in Greg’s life.

With that picture of his early life in mind, it’s easy to see how Greg was already doing woodworking by the time he was in the 7th grade.  With constant access to his father’s shop filled with machines that would soon become his tools not to mention his muse in some way, Greg quickly developed a taste for designing and to go with it, the skills to bring his designs to life. These skills afforded him the opportunity to transition into construction and carpentry jobs throughout his teens.  At 18, he found himself headed west to Washington state; falling in love with the town of Fort Collins, Colorado along the way; the city to which he would one day return.  A few years later in his early twenties, he would find himself in the art gallery business, where he would create the product that became the flagship for Xylem Design for many years: The Bi-fold Easel.

Greg was once called a “hyperactive-genius” and admittedly,  is not your classic CEO. He loves inventing and getting his hands dirty.  You can see that what makes him tick is more than the skill of a tradesman, and the inventiveness of a designer, both of which he possesses ample amounts.  It’s really where those two things intersect with compassion and service.  He sums it up this way: “All the stuff that we do here in the world is about becoming better people. Becoming better people involves doing what you love to do and then finding where it intersects with serving people. If you’re good at something, master it, then find a way to make a living doing it. Hopefully master something that you love. If you’re doing it right – it feels right.” So as you can see, making easels and art pedestals is our business, but making a broader impact in people’s lives is our work. Stay tuned for part II of our series in a few weeks as we look at the early days of Xylem design.

Custom Pedestal Job: Brushed Aluminum Cylinder

We received a call last month from a first time client.  We love first time clients. It’s a chance for us to show some one new who we are and how we can serve them. And here’s the thing about this new client, they are the Midwest’s largest manufacturer of gas and diesel engines. This was a chance for us to offer our service to a huge audience. Who, by the way, have a huge audience of their own.  And here’s the other thing about this client~they made a pretty tough request.   They wanted a cylindrical shaped pedestal made out of real brushed aluminum.  The words sound simple, the actual process of shaping that aluminum is not. Enter our pedestal pro, Loren. With patience, persistence and a desire to get the product just right, Loren was able to create just what the company wanted.  It was amazing. It actually looked like a piston from an engine.  Loren is not only an expert craftsman, he’s an artist.  If you’re looking for a specialty custom pedestal, give us a call.  We not only have great customer service and competitive pricing, we have creative pros like Loren standing by to make your vision a reality.    www.pedestalsource.com

Custom Pedestals: Nimbus Data and NYE Lubricants

Here at Pedestal Source/Xylem Design, we just finished up two custom jobs recently that we wanted to show you.

The first was a job for Nimbus Data. The customer needed a sleek “eye catching” pedestal for an upcoming trade show.  They requested a high gloss black laminate finish with their logo cut out and white light illuminating out the front panel. They also needed the top to be fully lighted with a blue tint. A blue filter was installed on the top to illuminate blue tint. Here’s the finished product:

The second job was for NYE Lubricants.  This customer requested an over-hanging pedestal with recessed lighting underneath the overhang. The sides included brochure compartments along with a toe kick on the bottom. In addition to having the ambient lighting on the top we provided directional corner spotlights to enhance their displays. Here is the finished pedestal:

Both of these custom jobs required quick turnaround schedules of about two weeks, and both of our customers were thrilled with the results!  Do you need a custom pedestal? Give us a call today at 1.800.333.9953. Our design engineers will work with you to develop your idea into an attractive custom fixture you need.