SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury University's Glass Art faculty and students put their work on display today as they assembled their 16 foot glass and metal sculpture outside of River's Edge Apartments.
The metal and glass modern sculpture was inspired by artist Steven Durow's first contacts with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when he traveled here from New Orleans.
Durow, who teaches glass art at Salisbury University, with students who have also worked with him on the sculpture, assembled the steel part of the sculpture Thursday afternoon. Due to the rain, the glass part of the sculpture will be assembled Friday morning.
"Students volunteered if they wanted to help, but we would work every Saturday morning to cast the glass panels and when you're working with glass you need a good team so I have to give a lot of credit to the crew who gave their time to help make this piece possible," Durow said.
The sculpture is composed of two tons of glass and steel, the latter is recycled from old beams taken from the site.
The site where the sculpture now stands, on the river behind River's Edge Apartments, is a complex built specifically for artists.
"They wanted to take some part of the old building and make it into art for the new building, so the high beams that created this sculpture came out of the old building that is on site," Durow said.
Durow, whose work focuses on large-scale sculpture and installation, uses glass as a material for artistic expression, as well as steel, stone and other materials. His art has been displayed at museums and galleries in Chicago; Cincinnati; Colorado Springs, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; Key West, FL; and New Orleans, among other places.
For more information on his work, visit his websites at http://www.salisbury.edu/art/faculty/durow.html