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A glass 'Tree of Life' was designed by Chris Blade for the waiting area of Age UK's head office in Sunderland. The sculpture was installed in the primary socialising room for many of the regular users of the organisation.

The leaves of the tree were produced by fusing two layers of Bullseye glass together. One layer was clear glas and the other was coloured. Once fused to create a single sheet of glass the leaves were cut out of the sheet using the large Water Jet cutter at National Glass Centre. It is intended that individual leaves will be engraved with the names of people who make financial donations to Age UK.

Chris is 'Head of Commissioning & the Glass Studio' at National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

National Glass Centre
University of Sunderland
Water jet cutting
Age UK, Sunderland