Aspen Curtain

This window installation was pretty scary for a couple of reasons:

  1. it was on the stair landing (awkward location for ladders) in the newlyweds first home.
  2. it was the first time creating a multi-panel, inter-connected, layered group of small panels hanging from a single piece of wood.
  3. it was quite large – 57″ tall and 27″ wide – and that translates to heavier, harder and more nerve-wracking to transport and hang.

Window installations usually require a ladder, so I am used to that. In this case, the ladder was on the 3 foot wide landing 3/4 of the way up the stairway. Little fact about me: I do NOT like heights, and a few short feet above the ground, my knees start twitching…

There are 12 interconnected panels hanging from a wood top bar in 3 parallel rows. In front are 4 golden amber canopy panels towards the top with one piece lower on the left side. The 3 vertical elements in the central layer represent the trunks of Aspen trees. The back layer is 5 panels, 3 canopy pieces and two lower blue-green panels.

Packing up the "curtain" in the studio. The cardboard remained in place until the wood header was attached.

Packing up the “curtain” in the studio. The cardboard remained in place until the wood header was attached.

Since all of these pieces are hanging from a single piece of wood, connected with narrow chains, everything moves. Unlike a single panel to hang onto while screwing in the wood bar to the window header, this one moves and wiggles and had to have the cardboard packing to help stabilize it until it was in place.

Speaking of packing material, it took over an hour just to pack it – mostly because the cardboard was cut and taped in place as it hung from the studio ceiling. I also recruited a friend to help take it down from the ceiling once it was packed since there was no way I could uninstall it and keep it from falling at the same time.

But, wow, once the packing was removed, even though the sun was hiding behind some clouds, the golden-amber glass just glowed. And every time you pass on the stairs, the interconnected pieces wiggle and sway.