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Arlon Bayliss Papers on the Crystal Arch Project

Identifier: MS-0007
The Arlon Bayliss Papers on the Crystal Arch Project are arranged into five series:

Series I. Planning

This series contains all documents directly pertaining to the planning of the Crystal Arch Project, not including financial statements or strategies. Documents in this series include design drawings, project timelines, written plans, and legal documents contracting services.

Series II. Budget

In this series are financial documents related to the budget for the Crystal Arch project, correspondence on project costs, and structured cost plans.

Series III. Photographs

This series contains photographs of the arch, of the construction process, the individuals involved in its creation, and artistic images.

Series IV. Public Relations

This series contains documents pertaining to the public’s relationship with the Crystal Arch projec, including promotional materials such as clippings and other media, and articles on the public’s reception to the project.

Series V. Donor Correspondence

This series contains donor correspondence, including requests and thank you notes.


  • 1996-2005


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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0.5 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Box)

Biographical / Historical

Arlon Bayliss was born in Warwickshire, England in 1957. Bayliss began his education in the arts with a Bachelor of Arts in ceramics from Bristol Polytechnic in 1978. In 1981, he received a Master's in Arts in glass making at the Royal College of Art in London.

Continuing his education, Bayliss studied and worked at Lobmeyr & Co. in Vienna, the Leerdam Factory in Amsterdam, the Rosenthal Company in Germany, Isle of Wight Glass in England, and Steuben Glass in Corning, NY. Several of his exhibitions and works have been displayed in cultural institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Christie’s London, Lynby Kunstforening in Copenhagen, and a few in the United States.

In 1996, Bayliss, along with Jason Knapp and Studio 4 Glass, began the Crystal Arch project. The Crystal Arch project was an initiative in Anderson, Indiana to erect a steel matrix framework with multi-faceted, colored crystals inside to commemorate local individuals and organizations. The mission of the project was “To recognize, illuminate and express the value of our community for the benefit of all people,” marrying art with industry. Funding for the project came from the Madison County Community Foundation, as well as the individuals and organizations involved in the project: the Salvation Army, Anderson Noon Exchange Club, Anderson Federation of Teachers, and Community Hospital Anderson. The Crystal Arch project lasted five years and ended in 2001, extending beyond its initial, intended date of completion of 1999. The sculpture still stands today in downtown Anderson, Indiana.

Note: Information for this biographical account was primarily found in project notes and clippings of this collection.

Custodial History

Gift of Arlon Bayliss, 2005.
Arlon Bayliss Papers on the Crystal Arch Project, 1996-2005
A Guide to the Collection
Amy Gruar
October 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA