One of Pearman’s most recent creations, an incredibly intricate, ornate, and one-of-a-kind sculpted chandelier, which is suspended above the lobby at Georgia Health Sciences University’s new College of Dental Medicine, certainly merits more than just a double-take. According to Pearman, who was commissioned by the university to produce this unique, abstract piece of art, “It took nine months to build and quite frankly, drove all of us including family and friends to near insanity. But, the final outcome was of such a strong image, was so visually appealing, that right now people are colliding into each other taking pictures of it. There have been two film documentaries chronicling the building of this mosaic chandelier. There is even going to be a competition held in the near future to give it a name. I am very proud and thankful to have been given the opportunity to create this design.”
Pearman’s initial ideas were inspired by the world-famous Salvador Dali painting, Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of a New Man. “In that painting,” he stated, “you see a man breaking out of an egg, with an amazing warped draping of gilded colors hanging directly above him. That draping really got my mojo working.”
The multi-tiered sculpture, with its blue, gray and white colors, at its lowest level has a teardrop pendant wrapped around a brushed chrome globe, containing a clock. The sculpture is 28-feet-tall from top to bottom, and its lowest point is 9 feet from the floor. Initially, the sculpture was funded as gift from Emile Fisher, a patron of the dental school and via other private donations. According to Connie Drisko, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine (and the person who initially asked Pearman to make his chandelier production proposal to the school), “We did not want our new building to have the look of an institution or a hospital. We wanted a warm, inviting environment. We wanted unique artwork.” Pearman’s sculpture actually fronts the beginning of a larger program jumpstarted by Drisko, which is slated to add more art pieces inside the new dental college in the future.
Steve G. Rampino, LATICRETE Technical Services Training Supervisor added, “This sculpture was a one-in-a-million piece. The artist wanted top-quality installation material for his mosaic designs. And because the fabrication consisted of a large item suspended up in the air with people walking below, it was imperative that all mosaic tiles were adhered with the highest overall bonding strength, minimizing any risk of de-lamination.”