Danny Lane (1955-), Threshold

Artist: Danny Lane (1955-)

Title: Threshold

Date: 2010

Medium: staked plate glass, molded glass, steel

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

EMu user since 2008

ThresholdUsing glass, color and light, Danny Lane creates monumental sculptures that dazzle us with their slick reflective surfaces and engulf us in a sense of mystery and awe. Larger than life, they do not threaten or scare us, but rather invite us to look more closely and to feel how the sculpture changes the way we experience a particular public or private space.

Commissioned as the seminal artwork of Project Ten Ten Ten to grace the entrance of the new Mint Museum of Craft + Design, its title, Threshold, is based on its specific location at the gateway to the new Museum and the Susan and Loy McKeithen Gallery. Welcoming the visitor and setting the tone for the wondrous experiences to follow, it was conceived as an interactive art work. Stand in front of it and you see one thing; walk to one side, you see another. Move from one end of the sculpture to the other slowly and colors blur, light shimmers and it’s as if you are looking through a giant prism or catching a glimpse of a luminous sunset.

Undulating in a diagonal line that leads to the glass galleries, Danny Lane has positioned Threshold so that it points to one of the greatest examples of architectural glass at the Museum, at once honoring the large scale commissioned glass works for which the Mint is renowned and becoming a part of this tradition.

Danny Lane (1955-), Threshold Danny Lane has lived in London since 1975. Trained under stained glass master Patrick Reyntiens, he also studied painting at the Central School of Art with visionary artist and poet Cecil Colins. Lane burst onto the international art scene in the 1980s with his provocative cut and stacked glass furniture designs; his 1986 Etruscan chair, which can also be found in the Museum’s collection, is a design icon. Most recently he has collaborated with architects on outdoor and interior projects in the United States, Japan and Europe. Whether making functional or sculptural works, his artistic genius is in combining science, engineering and art in one grand sinuous / fluid gesture.

Acknowledgements: Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. Project Ten Ten Ten commission.

Museum Purchase with exchange funds from various donors: Gift of William and Patty Gorelick, Drew and Beth Quartapella, Shelton and Carol Gorelick, John and Stacy Sumner Jesso, Richard and Yvonne McCracken, and the Founders’ Circle Cause 2009 contributors.

Image (first) © Peter Wood. Image (second) © Jeff Clare.