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Slade’s 'Sunspots at Sea' Installed on Spanish Cruise Ship

April 6, 2009

In October 2008, Professor of Art Terry Slade was commissioned to produce a site- specific sculpture for the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur for its newest ship, the "Sovereign." It took Slade eight weeks to complete the process.

The sculpture, titled "Sunspots at Sea," is comprised of 88 12-inch fused glass discs created by fusing several layers of colored "Bullseye" glass together in a kiln at 1450 degrees. Once out of the kiln, holes were drilled in the top and the bottom of each disc and specially made stainless steel bolts protected by rubber grommets were used to attach the discs to suspension cables.

The fused discs are attached to the cables, four discs per strand equaling eighteen strands in all, which are suspended between the ceiling and the floor. The strands are a visual divider between the grand staircase and the sitting areas on each side of the staircase. The completed "sunspots" were then packed, crated, and shipped to the Bahamas, where the ship was being refitted. The "Sovereign" returned to its home port of Barcelona in February and "Sunspots at Sea" was installed in late March. Cruises from Barcelona to various points in the Mediterranean on the "Sovereign" are scheduled to begin soon.

Slade is a Professor of Art, Sculptor in Residence, and Co-Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Hartwick, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He has had more than 80 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions, with solo shows in U.S. cities such as New York, Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH; Memphis, TN; and abroad in Japan, France, Italy, Great Britain, and Spain. He has received numerous Faculty Research Grants awarded by the trustee faculty development committee, and several independent visiting artist residencies in Massachusetts and Tennessee as well as Italy, Great Britain, Scotland, and France.

In 2007, Slade completed a two-year project, a large scale, site-specific sculptural installation, commissioned by Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, NY. This work is titled "Area for Reflection." To view more of Slade's artwork visit his Web site.

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