The Facts: This one-of-a-kind wonder is handcrafted from art glass (sphere) and optic crystal (base). At about 7.5 inches from top to bottom, what it lacks in height it makes up for in substance. No two pieces are exactly the same due to the process in which the glass is blown, cooled and treated.
Subjective Interpretation: High school is a time in a young person's life childhood is left behind and the path toward adult greatness begins. Goals are set, demands are met, and the decisions we make in those formative years set the state for all that comes after it. In a great career like Henry Halladay's it is especially important to recognize the point from which all other points extend. The four multi-colored glass swirls inside this desk piece each represent a different grade of high school. Even though it is a linear experience all of the lessons and information converge and a great synergy which elevates a person upward. While high school might seem like the whole, wide world when we're in it, it is very much something we're itching to break free from; to spread our wings and start our journeys. Hopefully, you, too, can see all of this and more when you look at the 1957 piece above.
Creative Note: The fusion of art glass up top and optical crystal down below lends itself to closer inspection. It really gives the admirer a chance to understand the material differences. While crystal itself can yield some pretty spectacular visual results, the art glass designs present in the sphere would simply not be possible with any other material. The randomized nature of it all is quite thrilling as well. As stated above, it's a one-of-a-kind design in the way that snowflakes or fingerprints are. Even the air bubbles caught in the glass are the type of desirable impurity that makes for true originality.
This aerial shot provides an interesting angle to observe not only the suspended air bubbles, but also an entirely new design. From above, the four "ribbons" converge into a vortex appearing to be perpetually in motion. Also, it's not every day that a "bird's eye view" quite literally looks like a bird's eye! The opening salvo of "The Life & Work of Henry Halladay" series was never going to be taken lightly. This established the level of craftsmanship, uniqueness and splendor early on, setting a high standard for the rest of the series to come.