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Everest Reborn

Mount Everest (Sagarmatha)

One of the world's most spectacular wonders, the magnificence of " Mount Everest " reigns unparalleled as the tallest mountain on earth.
Legendary for its triumphs and tragedies, this perilous beauty is awe inspiring, in and of itself.

Original by design and traditionally handcrafted, " Everest Reborn " reveals the impressions of visual movement and glacial light through rich colour patterns, with spirals of ice and snow covered pathways, which serve to fascinate the eye and the imagination.

Metal seams are in pale bronze and grey finish, with (silver) zinc frame  Panel includes a sturdy, decorative chain for hanging.

Size: 25" (W) X 25-1/4 " (L) 


" Everest Reborn " © Copyright Jeannette Spencer/Glass Crayons 2014

 

THE STORY BEHIND ' EVEREST REBORN ' 

' Everest Reborn ' arrived quite literally as an ' accident waiting to happen '.  In January 2014, I answered a call for artists to enter an upcoming art exhibit called ' Earthly ' at our local gallery.   Unsure if I could meet the deadline for submissions in early February, I thought it was at the very least, worth a try. With no idea what my subject matter would be, ' Mount Everest ' came to mind from somewhere out of the blue. I must admit, I knew little about this mountain except to wonder what in the world could be more earthly than Everest.

Totally inspired to create such a piece, I had a strong sense that it was indeed, a perfect choice. As with most of my subjects, Everest would now become my focus and new learning experience. I was enthralled by the historical events that have taken place over past decades, and the death defying attitudes of those who challenge Everest to the fullest. I was content just knowing my ultimate challenge would be attempting to create a shining portrayal of the ' tallest mountain on earth '.

Against all odds, my project was completed in time for the submission deadline. It was titled ' Elements Of Everest '. 
Shortly thereafter, I received word that ' Elements Of Everest ' had not been selected for the Earthly exhibit. 
Somewhat disappointed, I believed it was simply not destined to be there. 

 

The ' Fall Of Everest '

It was early morning on April 18, 2014, when I first heard the headline news about the devastating tragedy that occurred at Mount Everest.  Only two hours earlier, a deadly avalanche on the mountain at the ' Khumbu Icefall ' claimed the lives of six Nepalese Sherpa Guides with many more injured, and others still missing. With profound shock and sadness, I could only begin to imagine what was taking place at that moment in time, as I continued searching for extensive, online news coverage. 

Feeling strongly compelled to reflect on my own creation of Mount Everest, I placed the large glass panel against the window where the brilliance of the morning sun shone through. I would pray for those whose lives were lost and for those whose lives were forever changed, as this tragedy was still unfolding. As I intently gazed from across the room, the ' unimaginable ' was about to happen. Defying all logic and reason, I watched as my Everest began to slide forward off its secure resting place, making a toppling descent, as it crashed to the floor. 

This ' shock and awe 'moment left me virtually unable to move, as broken pieces of Everest were scattered everywhere. 
Stunned beyond words, there was simply no explanation for the fall. At this point, I wanted to do nothing more than walk away from spending any more time on Everest. I wanted to move forward onto something else and not look back.

Try as I might, I could not walk away from the strong and simultaneous connection between the avalanche and the fall of my own piece. The coincidence was too much for me to ignore and even though it will always remain my own personal and unexplained mystery, I'm a believer that all things happen for a reason. I began to recognize that I had a choice to rebuild the aftermath, whereas the avalanche victims did not. As a result, my decision to reconstruct the Everest project became my priority and personal tribute to those sixteen Sherpa Guides who lost their lives, and to their loved ones who have suffered such overwhelming loss. 

On May 6, 2014 the project was completed and blessed with a new title 'Everest Reborn '.