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High voltage, lighted, blown glass art exhibit at the nations oldest museum of the Industrial Revolution.
High voltage, lighted, blown glass art exhibit at the nations oldest museum of the Industrial Revolution.
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Remember the Borg from Star Trek? Wayne Strattman is the artist responsible for lighting up their ship with high-voltage plasma. He is the world’s most famous kinetic plasma glass artist, and on July 15th, he will have his first solo museum show.

About Wayne, engineer and artist:
Wayne Strattman has been manipulating glass, gases and electricity for more than 25 years. He has had over 4000 private commissions and has work in close to 1000 museums. Lighted glass is his passion, and he is personally responsible for pioneering many of the techniques now intrinsic to his medium. Strattman’s work picks up where Geissler, Crookes, and Tesla left off. With three degrees under his belt, a Ph.D. in Neon Arts, and having literally written the book on neon, Wayne goes where no man has gone before.
 

The Show
The show, called “Self: Illuminated” opens July 15th at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA, a town known for its innovations during the American Industrial Revolution. Wayne’s show fits right into the scientific development that continues today along the Boston 128 belt.

“Self: Illuminated” will feature a wide variety of innovative lighting techniques addressing topics inspired by human cognition, perception, and memory. There will be kinetic light sculptures, an interactive display, and a huge chess board that mimics the complexity of the human condition. There will be a thirty-four foot wall of his patented Luminglas, and sculptures illuminated with helium, argon, neon, krypton, and xenon gases as well as other chemical phosphors.
 

The Goal:
“Self: Illuminated” will place Wayne a monofilament away from shows at the Getty, LACMA, the ICA, MoMA. His work is beautiful, honest, original, and unlike anything else. The goal is that with YOUR HELP, Wayne will reach the recognition that he deserves for his life-long commitment to his science and craft. Please share his passion with your friends, and if it suits your home décor, consider: What would a plasma globe look like in your living room?
 

Where the money will go?
Thousands of hours and tens of thousands of Wayne’s own dollars have gone towards creating the pieces in this show. Your donations will reimburse a portion of his expenses, and also help him finish the show! Everything goes into the truck on July 1st for the opening on July 15th.

detail of Flash Gordon mesmer
detail of Flash Gordon mesmer
Giant 'mesmer' tubes
Giant 'mesmer' tubes
'Not While I have my Blaster'
'Not While I have my Blaster'
using a glass lathe to make one of the chess pieces for 'brief encounters'
using a glass lathe to make one of the chess pieces for 'brief encounters'
Detail of piece 'Landscape of the Mind'
Detail of piece 'Landscape of the Mind'
blown-glass lightbulb desktop sculpture
blown-glass lightbulb desktop sculpture
limited edition jacobs-ladder
limited edition jacobs-ladder
Limited-Edition Mesmer Tube
Limited-Edition Mesmer Tube
Interacting with a 'molecule tree'
Interacting with a 'molecule tree'

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    Friend Level: Admission ticket to the show (after the opening) This is a will-call pick-up.

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    Contributor Level: Cool show postcard of plasma stuff, signed by the artist, mailed anywhere, to you!.

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    Supporter Level: Pocket-sized book of show images. (Postage additional outside the USA)

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    Donor Level: Signed catalog of the show exhibit. Catalog includes detailed high resolution color photographs, descriptions of each installation written by Wayne Strattman, and commentary by well-known figures in the arts. (Postage additional)

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    Patron Level: VIP pass to private gala opening and reception with the artist before the official opening. Will-call pick-up.

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    Sustaining Partner Level: Signed copy of "Neon Techniques". Written by Wayne Strattman, this is the comprehensive text book on neon technologies, and the industry standard for 15 years. AND, recognition in the show catalog. (Postage additional)

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    Neon Circle Level: Numbered limited edition blown-glass lightbulb desktop sculpture, hand-made and by Wayne Strattman. AND, recognition in the show catalog, and four guest passes to the show (Please add $75 for shipping outside the US)

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    Xenon Circle Level: Personal guided tour of the artist's studio in Boston, MA. See where Wayne's ideas are forged in glass and plasma! Schedule to be arranged individually with each backer. (Does not include compensation for travel expenses) AND, the show catalog, recognition in the show catalog, and four guest passes to the show

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    Krypton Circle Level: Numbered limited edition "Jacob's Ladder" desktop plasma sculpture, hand-made by Wayne Strattman. AND, the show catalog, recognition in the show catalog, four guest passes to the show, and two passes to other Museum events (Please add $75 US for shipping outside the USA)

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    Benefactor's Circle Level: Make your own lighted plasma glass! Cooperatively with Wayne, backers at this level will be guided through glass-blowing, electronics, and gas filling to make their own plasma light to take home. AND, the show catalog, recognition in the show catalog, eight guest passes to the show, four passes to other Museum events, and a special appreciation dinner

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    Inventor's Circle Level: Numbered limited edition "Mesmer Tube" desktop plasma sculpture, a $2K value, hand-made by Wayne Strattman (postage additional). AND, the show catalog, recognition in the show catalog, eight guest passes to the show, four passes to other Museum events, and, if you can make it to the Boston area, a special appreciation dinner (Please add $75 US for shipping the sculpture outside the USA)

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