Featuring a collection of glass art by Jean-Pierre Canlis, developer William Justen introduced him to a crowded 2,999 square foot penthouse of approximately 300 attendees on the 38th floor. Before that, Justen took a moment to explain his intent on merging his two passions: urban residential development and visual arts. “Fifteen Twenty-One was a natural choice as it is itself a glass sculpture for living”, he said.
Canlis then gave a brief overview of his inspiration for the estimated $250,000 in original works created just for the event. Most works (dynamic 400 foot high gallery with a backdrop of Elliott Bay and city lights) were inspired by water and waves in action with the wind. The majority of the work is engraved, hand-cut with a diamond bit wheel taking an upwards of 100 hours per piece after it is blown. Canlis (and his wife Leigh) spent a month this past winter living in Venice and working side by side in Murano, Italy with maestros in the art of glassblowing.
The concept of the partnership of art and Fifteen Twenty-One was to illustrate “art in place” vs. sitting in a showroom. The two-level penthouse will be open to the public during the vertical art walk event taking place on September 26th and 27th from 11am to 5pm.
*Homes are penthouses on every level, and average $1.88 million (two-thirds alreadysold). Other art installations include several model homes by Susan Marinello, Alchemy Collections, BO Concepts and SAM Art Museum.
*Those interested in viewing the art in the two-level penthouse will be allowed that opportunity during the vertical art walk event taking place on September 26th and 27th from 11am to 5pm.
Additional free public viewing opportunities are available during the open house weekend on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Those interested in attending these free open house events are encouraged to call (206) 443-1521 or visit www.1521second.com.
Vision of Canlis Glass:
Founded by Leigh + Jean-Pierre Canlis with a vision for the future of glass, Canlis Glass expands the limitations and pushes the boundaries of what is known as traditional in the glass art world. Translating simple, clean forms found primarily in nature into glass artwork, J.P.’s innovative and abstract approach, coupled with Leigh’s eye for design and business savvy, set them apart from their contemporaries.
The Canlis Glass Gallery + Studio is located at 3131 Western Avenue, Suite 329, Seattle, WA 98121. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and by appointment.
Both Leigh and J.P. were great hosts and extremely passionate about their work. Please give them a click -> www.canlisglass.com