gathering the light
2003 - ongoing
Simply put, Seattle artist Cappy Thompson paints stories on glass. Gathering the Light celebrates the story of glass blowing on an epic scale. The piece, which measures 11 1/2-feet high by 15-feet wide, depicts an elaborate landscape of colorful vignettes from a mythical world of glassmakers. Trumpet blowing fish, an entourage of visitors, and a footbridge leading to the Temple of Muses allude to Museum of Glass and commemorate its first anniversary.
Thompson reverse-painted Gathering the Light in the grisaille technique of gray-tonal painting used for stained glass since the Middle Ages. Located in the Grand Hall near the entrance, this captivating work of art welcomes visitors to the Museum.
a special THANK YOU to the project sponsor
This installation was made possible by a gift from George F. Russell, Jr.