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Glass Sculptor Eric Franklin



Producer: Eric Slade   Videographers: Corky Miller, Nick Fisher, Tom Shrider   Editors: Beth K. Segal, Bruce Barrow Audio: Randy Layton   Production Assistance: Nick Roberts, Courtney Thiem   Special Thanks: Hanz Kroesen, Museum of Contemporary Craft


Eric Franklin uses laboratory grade glass tubing to create full sized human skulls and skeletons, then fills them with neon, argon and other gasses to make them glow from within.

Artist Eric Franklin works to get the tubes to connect together - a seamless fit and a good seal to stop gas from escaping.

Artist Eric Franklin works to get the tubes to connect together - a seamless fit and a good seal to stop gas from escaping.

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A full sized skeleton takes Franklin over 1000 hours of work, carefully making sure that each joint is perfectly sealed, to hold the noble gasses within.

His favorite part?

 Flipping the switch at the end, watching light rush into his finished sculpture.

 

 

Franklin believes his sculptures reflect both the incredible strength and fragility of the human body, a fact he’s constantly aware of while climbing boulders and rock walls.

Through rock climbing, glass artist Eric Franklin has learned how bodies function.

Through rock climbing, glass artist Eric Franklin has learned how bodies function.

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Part of Episode

Glass Artist Eric Franklin, with Painters Arvie Smith & Mary Josephson (1706)

Oregon Art Beat: Episode #1706
Most Recent Broadcast: November 12, 2015