Joel Berman Adds Sparkle to Olympic Broadcasts

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Work of Leading Glass Designer to be featured on CBC Sets

Joel Berman Glass Studios (JBGS), a leading innovator of exquisite architectural glass, is honored to be a part of the 2004 Summer Olympics experience. From August 13-29, an estimated 2 to 3 million Canadians will be tuning in daily to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) coverage from Athens. And providing a striking and prominent backdrop for the occasion will be an adaptation of JBGS’s Arrigado panels.

Forming a semicircle behind the CBC’s broadcasters, and in both the network’s French and English language studios, seven three-by-eight-foot panels customized in frosted acrylic will show off the three-dimensional textures of Arrigado. Lit from behind with changing colors, these panels—which were tested at the CBC’s Toronto headquarters before being sent off to Athens in April—will together form a stunning background for what will be the most watched television event in Canada this summer.

Arrigado, winner of the Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Architectural Products and Finishes in 2002, was selected for its rippling surface by CBC Director of Design Andrew Kinsella who, inspired by Greece’s seafaring history, wanted to evoke water with his set design. Though JBGS was chosen because of its reputation for uniquely designed, quality glass, it responded to the project’s shipping and other logistical requirements by experimenting in another medium: to make Arrigado more lightweight and inexpensive, it was translated into acrylic.

“This was an immensely exciting project for us,” says Joel Berman. “It allows us to show how dynamic our products are at what is perhaps the most dynamic event in the world.”

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From their studio on Vancouver’s Granville Island, Joel Berman Glass Studios has, for over 15 years, designed and manufactured glass art for many high profile clients worldwide. The landmark Chrysler Building in New York, The Gap World Headquarters in San Francisco and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Orlando, Florida are among many prominent addresses, which feature works by JBGS.

Photos available upon Request. Please contact Karen Brooking: 212-353-1383

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