Fire, Earth, Air, and Water
(completed 2008)

24” W x 24” L x 24” H (61 x 61 x 61 cm)
Neon, ceramic, stone, wood, cast metal

I was taking a course in neon at Penland School of Crafts when the idea for this piece evolved. I wanted to simulate water flowing from a faucet and had planned to use a plain glass tube filled with Argon with a single electrode. But this didn’t seem bright enough. So I switched to a clear tube filled with Neon. The piece is controlled by a device that alternates the flow of electric current to the tube (on/off). Thus we have fire (red), earth (ceramic base and stone, air (the environment), and water (clear tube).

Fire, Earth, Air, and Water - off