2013-08-29 / News

Local glass artist awarded for ‘Water Walk’


Island glass artist Paul Housberg was recognized by the Art Commission for his two-story wall installation in the lobby of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. 
Courtesy/Carla McLaughlin Island glass artist Paul Housberg was recognized by the Art Commission for his two-story wall installation in the lobby of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Courtesy/Carla McLaughlin In the worlds of art and design, successful collaboration is a significant achievement not often celebrated – until now.

The Art Commission, the global source for commissioned artists, recently held its inaugural Collaboration of Design + Art Awards. Glass artist Paul Housberg of Jamestown was recognized, taking home a people’s choice award for his work titled “Water Walk.”

Housberg’s project is a two-story wall installation of blown sheet glass with vitreous paint laminated to mirror, stretching from the lobby to the mezzanine of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The goal of “Water Walk” was to channel the soothing movements and meditative sounds of water and serve as a point of focus for meditation and reflection.

“We talked about how all of the art at Spaulding should aim to connect with patients in some positive way,” said Housberg. “Its movement, the play of reflections on its surface, draws connections between water and healing.”

In its first year, the CoD+A Awards received 433 entries from 29 countries, representing more than $48 million in commission fees for artists. An esteemed panel of jurors from the design, architecture and art worlds judged the submissions in early summer and selected winners in each of eight design categories. The jury’s top 100 selections were then exhibited online, where design enthusiasts from around the globe were invited to vote for their favorites. More than 20,000 votes were cast to select two additional people’s choice winners.

“The awards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire,” said Toni Sikes, cofounder of the Art Commission.

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