A Farewell to Butterstick


Bling-Bling, the panda made of glass Photo by Anything Photographic

The giant panda Tai Shan was sent off to China from the National Zoo here in Washington, DC.
Our good-byes include the memories of the Washington’s DC Commission on the Arts public art project: Pandamania .
The Washington Glass School’s entry was Bling-Bling – a glass covered panda. Glass school students and resident artists cast unusual elements for the artwork, including a cub scout cap, a mouse whispering into the ear, a heart tattoo, a fish, and faces are among the over 7,000 pieces of recycled glass.

l-r Lisa Frieda, Justine Light and Kay Janis work on the panda.

The panda is ready to roll to its location in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Erwin Timmers & Kerri Sheehan celebrate the panda’s delivery.

Covered in cast recycled float glass and sporting dichroic glass jewelry.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Voice of the Hill called the panda a “dazzling concoction of shimmering glass”

Bling-Bling situated at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2004
photo: Anything Photographic