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A Lasting Impression Printing Technologies Create a Glass
Memorial for Tampa Heroes
by Ellen Rogers
With architects, designers and artists increasingly looking
for ways to make their projects truly unique, technologies that involve
printing on glass have fast become one popular way of doing just that.
Whether printing directly onto glass or onto an interlayer material, it’s
possible to literally put anything on glass, from logos to photographs
to so much more.
TruDeco (formerly Arch Deco Glass) in Columbus, Ohio, is one glass fabricator
involved with processes that incorporate imagery into glass. In fact,
TruDeco has been doing so since 2007. Over the years the company has been
involved in projects ranging from airports to public displays, such as
Heroes Plaza in Tampa, Fla., for which the company provided decoratively
printed art glass for the area memorial.
Heroes Plaza opened September 11, 2009, in recognition of those honor
veterans serving in not only wars, but also as police, fire and emergency
responders, who lost their lives in the line of duty. Residents who visit
the plaza can read the names of the community’s fallen heroes etched on
monuments, and also “appreciate artwork commissioned to represent the
danger that our soldiers, police, deputies and firefighters face every
day,” according to information from Hillsborough County.
TruDeco fabricated nine panels, each 15 square feet in size and each with
its Visual product. The finished display features a unique, full color,
custom printed image on film and laminated within the glass. The application
also includes a two-color ceramic frit applied to the upper portion of
“We began working on the project about six months prior to the install
date, but the actual fabrication process was less than two weeks,” says
Dwight Fleming, Visual director for TruDeco.
Ellen Rogers is a contributing editor for USGlass
magazine and editor of Decorative Glass magazine.
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