Last year I had the great opportunity to create and collaborate with Eaden and Deva Shantay, owners of True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale, CO, on a commission for their home.
It was a beautiful light filled space in a home full of loving and fantastic energy. Eaden and Deva wanted something to represent the 7 Chakras and 5 Elements. I took dimensions of the space and proceeded to sketch out some ideas. The elements part came naturally, but fitting the chakras in proved to be more of a challenge. My mind was stuck on "linear" and the space had no place for this. At first, we had the glass globes floating throughout the space. Then we found a path up the center where they fit well. It was Eaden who came up with the idea to have the globes snake up the center in a spine-like curvature. Brilliant.
The installation of this piece was challenging. We set up scaffolding in a finished home that the Shantay's were living in. The install required taking out the ceiling wood planks and creating metal support from which the glass would hang. We added wiring for lighting as well. We struggled with "hot spots" in the LED strips that are placed between the glass and metal supports. I think we set up and broke down the scaffolding 4 times before we were able to complete this, but it was well worth it in the end.
Eaden and Deva were so patient and gracious. They were aware that art installations can be a process, and getting it right is the most important part.