The Facts: This breathtaking creation is handmade with the utmost care and respect for materials. It uses blue and green multi-colored colored glass combined with acrylic celebrating crystal clarity.
Subjective Interpretation: This is an especially important installment in the Life & Work series, therefore it had to be just the right piece. Take a moment to think about how monumental the year of 1967 was in Henry Halladay's life and career. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and he joined the Boeing Company; both achievements that would shape the rest of his life right up to present day. The two distinct peaks, which form the crux of this desk award, represent these immense pillars of achievement. One popular school of thought states that Henry's Boeing tenure is represented by the sapphire blue mountain on the left, and the doctorate is represented by the clear one on the right. Both point skyward indicating the limitless nature of these twin achievements. You may also notice a third event listed on this piece: Engineer in Training, Minnesota. Is that the base? Think about it.
Creative Note: This extremely fragile piece of art is something to behold. The craftsmanship, as always, is second to none. The glass and acrylic construction and materials are among the finest available in the world. A closer inspection (below) will reveal to the viewer a rough-hewn slab of blue, replete with air bubbles inside and on the surface; the latter appearing more like holes in the structure. This is entirely intentional and part of the vision.