NANCY O'NEIL         


Public Art
Glass Blocks

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Over the past 15 years I have done numerous projects in schools, primarily through the Maine Percent for Art Program. These images are just a sampling.

The school projects are a favorite of mine because they give children the opportunity to live with art on a daily basis. In Maine, schools also serve as gathering spaces for entire communities, and these projects enrich a lot of lives.

The school project designs fall into three categories:

  1. Pieces about the passage of time in a particular area -- these generally contain historic photos and other materials, local flora and fauna, geographic/archaeologic information.
  2. Pieces about intriguing/enigmatic material -- cross-cultural glyphs, mysterious microscopic or astronomical imagery, symbols of exploration.
  3. Glass block installations -- very tactile, embossed handprints and other stampings, inlaid glass drawings, motifs. We make our blocks from molten crystal or colored glass, poured into custom molds. They are annealed and then assembled into panels with a special glass epoxy.

For additional images, please click on any image below.

SeDoMoCha Elementary School
Panels between the library and the hallway
: SeDoMoCha Elementary School , Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Lisbon Elementary School
Windows between library and corridor
: Lisbon Elementary School, Lisbon, ME

Mast Landing School
: Mast Landing School, Freeport ME

Greely Junior High School
Lobby window
: Greely Junior High School, Cumberland, ME

Coastal Ridge School
Lobby lightbox
: Coastal Ridge School, York ME

Brunswick High School Library
Center window
: Brunswick High School Library, Brunswick ME

Laura E. Richard School
Detail of library window
: Laura E. Richard School, Gardiner ME

Enfield Station School, Enfield ME
Library window
: Enfield Station School, Enfield ME