The line drawing from which this design began came from some photography I had done of interesting geologic formations in the area. The fracturing and detail seen in this particular photo dictated less separation (1 inch) between stained glass and mirror than in other “Windowless” stained glass installations I have done. Less separation keeps reflections from wandering too far from their source.
The amber and yellow transparent and opak glasses are obvious choices for this arid desert area. Surprisingly, the blue transparent glasses are equally appropriate in acknowledgement of the periodic torrents of water that rush through arroyos producing much of the incredible geologic formations in the American Southwest.