Ultra-thin layers of metal oxides vacuum deposited on glass. The coating is similar to a gemstone.
NASA developed dichroic glass, in the 1960’s, to protect sensitive spacecraft instruments from harmful cosmic radiation.
It serendipitously also created a new high-tech art form, because coating glass with metal oxides allows some wavelengths of light to reflect, while others pass through, generating shifting patterns of cosmic beauty.
For Venice, dichroic cabochons are individual universes or tiny particles of vibrating energy.
The elaborate firing process makes the results impossible to predict, so each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique.
A quest for transcendent discovery and a fixation on micro metallic dust becomes a metaphor for an exploration of the universe, a glass studio becomes a celestial laboratory for the study of SPACE GLASS.