Posted on Oct 30, 2015

Wesselow

Eric Wesselow pioneered the concept of laminated glass art in the late 1950’s. The idea of sandwiching coloured glass in layers between clear panes became the famous Wesselow System about which more than 600 articles worldwide have been published. A painter in acrylic and watercolour who was a member of the Canadian Watercolour Society and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, had an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, spoke many languages and had two masters degrees, Wesselow continued producing his glass art and guest lectures well into his late 80’s.
In 1960 the artist was commissioned to produce a mural of ‘light screens’ at Dorval Airport (now known as Trudeau Airport). This work represents the first large scale glass installation using the Wesselow method. Ten large ‘Canada’ panels 30″ x 60″ and twenty ‘Abstractions on Flight’ panels, illuminated both side, were installed. The panels were removed and relocated several times over the years as the airport expanded into major international status and finally lost from view.
Eric Wesselow designed amazing maquettes as a prelude for larger installations. One such maquette for his lost Dorval windows owned by a private collectior has come into Northern Art Glass for minor restoration. I had the pleasure of attending a lecture about his work by Eric Wesselow many years ago. I was pleased again to see this inovative piece crafted in 1960 by a true pioneer of glass.
Brian Eagle
* With thanks to Jean-Pierre Leger, Flat Glass Journal 1998