Let's continue with our look at the art of Maria Eggleston
using cut glass, seashells, and other found objects set in a cement base.
The detail above is from a piece that is shown near the bottom below.
These pieces are generally vertical in orientation
and are made to be set in a wall,
among other applications.
Most of the image is from small pieces of cut glass
painstakingly set in cement...
...creating amazing detail.
Above is one of the few in a horizontal format.
The image is first set in reverse on a clear contact paper...
...and then carefully placed on the bottom of a wooden concrete form.
Above and below is one piece that I was unable to get in one photo.
The photo below is a detail from the photo above...
...and the same piece as the first photo in this post.
The cement is reinforced with rebar and wire,
and poured to a depth of about 2 1/2 to 3".
After the piece is taken out of the form,
cement is carefully cleaned from the finished surface
and then grout is applied
and the exposed cement edges are sanded and polished.
One finished panel takes about 6 months of work.
Next post we will look at more of Maria's technique,
and finally we will see the garden.
The complete series on Maria's work is:
To see more photos on a German art web site go to: