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Peter Mangan, "Melted Moon"
This glass lens in a steel ring has lost its initial purpose.  The wildfire heat has melted it into a new shape, added colors, added textures.  The fractures are held together by melted marbles.  This changed lens now references a full moon rising over the pines.
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Peter Mangan, "Looking Glass"
When I first saw this hunk of melted amber glass, there was an "Aha!" moment.  This glass used to be a mirror.  Since medieval times, glass artists have used silver on heated glass to achieve this coloring effect.  Think of the saint's halo in a stained glass window.  Here is an example of a wildfire being the stained glass artist.  The beautifully colored glass also gained a jagged layered new shape. This found object is held aloft by two steel hinges, whose wooden door is gone.  Here stands a fire transformed figure.
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Peggy Jo Hilburn, " A Sunday Afternoon"  A wax mold of the bark of a burnt loblolly pine.
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Peggy Jo Hilburn
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The Bastrop fire from above.
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Burned forest