have derived our inspiration for the overall design of
the front entry art glass from the serenity, expressiveness
and originality of the architecture by Bing Hu. Of course,
our discussions with Joan and Leslie Dunn have provided
our foremost direction.
The main ideas of the design consist of:
The thirty-six colored squares symbolizing the
number "36," which, according to Jewish tradition
is "double chai." "Chai" is "life"
and "double chai" is like a blessing, like a
double dose of everything which is good and rich in life.
The gradations of color are intended to show off the beauty
and the depth of the glass, by using the finest, mouth-blown
glass and letting the material speak for itself, in the
spirit of the overall concept of the house, which emphasizes
the use of natural materials.
The large circles in the background allude to patterns
on the surface of water and refer, visually, to the water
features, prominent in the overall design of the house,
including the front entry. On a deeper level, the circular
lines symbolize the cycles within the enormity of the
cosmos and the infinitesimal sphere of the atom. (Philosophy
and science both have a natural relevance on warm evenings
spent beneath the obvious infinity of the desert sky.)
These lines tie together the entire composition, in a
way that is serene and satisfying to the spirit.
The ten horizontal white bands add stability and
formality to this design for the main entrance, while
subtly invoking the magic number ten.
The white opal glass in the background is translucent.
It diffuses the light to take the most advantage of artificial
lighting, from outside and inside, at night, while allowing
a maximum amount of light to pass through during the day.
At the same time, the white opal glass blocks someone,
on the outside, from actually looking in.
have created a number of variations of color, for our
design, each with a unique connection to the architecture
and a bit of additional symbolism. View the variations
by clicking on the images below.