The Journal Gazette
Saturday, July 25, 2020 1:00 am


Lookin' for something to do? Try one of our area museums. Museums are a great place to check out the arts, culture and history, while doing it at a leisurely pace. Each week we offer up a different museum and some of the items you can see during your visit.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Who: Martin Blank's “Repose in Amber,” hot sculpted glass on steel done in 2004

What: Presented in the Karl S. and Ella L. Bolander gallery of the museum, “Repose in Amber” is an immersive, engaging and dynamic glass sculpture landscape that visitors can walk through and around as well as peer into and explore. At nearly 50 feet long, it is one of the largest hot-sculpted glass installations in the world.

The artwork, an abstract reclining feminine figure from head to toe, is comprised of five separate islands that when connected reveal a woman in repose. Created in various tones of amber, the hot-sculpted glass elements are presented on steel bases. All the glass elements for “Repose in Amber” were hand-sculpted on the end of a blowpipe, with molten glass reaching 2,000 degrees.

A single red glass element within the artwork pays homage to the aspect of Japanese perspective which holds that in a field of green moss, one fallen red leaf is sublime. Throughout the landscape are hidden objects intended to draw in the eye from the field of color and evoke notions of surprise and wonder.

Years in the making, the artwork was commissioned by real estate developer and art philanthropist Mike Kurzman for Chicago's 120 South LaSalle Building and included as part of Chicago's Public Art and Architecture Tour. It had been in storage for many years until the collector decided to donate the sculpture to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for all to enjoy.

“I've expressed the continuity between the landscape and the human in 'Repose in Amber.' My work revolves around trying to reconnect with our natural source – drawing on humanistic and naturalistic qualities, and honoring their connection,” the artist has said.

Having received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984, Blank worked early on with artist Dale Chihuly. Today, he has a reputation as one of the world's most renowned glass sculptors.

Blank's work is included in private collections and museums around the world, such as the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; and the Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts, China.

Location: 311 E. Main St.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and closed Mondays.

Admission: $8 adults, $6 students (pre-K through college) and ages 65 and older and $20 families; free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays

Source: Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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