Walter Gordinier - The Alaska Project

Walter Gordinier is a celebrated American Glass Artist who has worked with Uroboros Glass for three decades producing thick monolithic cast glass for art and architecture. His latest project, The Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau, Alaska, affectionately known as the SLAM, officially opened last summer after 12 long years of design and development.


Walter began to experiment with new techniques for the SLAM Project to achieve authentic, never before realized sculptural applications in glass. He introduced and developed laminated structurally dynamic glass specifically for exterior installations. Seven artist design elements define the direction of Walter’s concept: the Plaza, the Landscape, Shadow Shaping, Axis Discs, True North, Gateway and Light Veil.


Walter conceived dramatic combinations of glass with Corten steel, producing modern proprietary sculptures for the SLAM project. Twenty-eight glass sculptures were sited inside the library building with an additional eighteen glass and steel sculptures installed on the exterior plaza. The results: a sublime orchestration of sculpture, landscape architecture and plantings that define destination and provide a grand welcome to all its visitors.