Gator alumni forgo framing, print art on glass

 

In Fracture's headquarters in a north Gainesville industrial park, stained glass lines the walls.

But it's not the ordinary stained glass seen in church.

This is a new type of stained glass, one that Fracture co-founder Abhi Lokesh, a 22-year-old Gator alumnus, hopes will revolutionize the way people print photos.

Lokesh founded the company with fellow Gator graduate Alex Theodore.

A Fracture is a picture that combines a picture frame and the image into a singular item.

When users upload an image onto the website, www.fractureme.com, the customer's image is then printed onto a sheet of glass at a size of his or her choosing.

After the glass is printed, a mountable foam backing is added to it, which results in a border-less, glossy photo that can be wall- or desk-mounted.

"People don't have that clean, elegant, simple option," Lokesh said. "And that's where we feel like we've stepped in and solved that problem."

Fractures can also be purchased with borders. But "the most popular border is no border," he said.

Fractures can be anywhere in size from 5 by 7 inches to 11 by 14 inches.

The company takes custom orders that can be as big 18 by 24 inches, which is as much as the current printer can handle, according to Lokesh. Non-custom sizes range from $8 to $25.

Ultimately, the goal of the company is to be able to make Fractures the size of desks, windows and even doors.

Fractures are included with everything needed to mount, which is just a screw that is drilled into the wall.

They have a wall-mounting system cut into the foam backing, which allows for them to be mounted easily.

"The only thing you should worry about when you buy a Fracture is where you're going to hang it," Lokesh said of his product's placement.

If people want to mount it on their desk, that is an option as well. Instead of having a wall mount for the art, they will cut desk mount.

If people want both mounting options, Fracture will also create one that has both, but it has to be custom ordered.

The glass panels are also shatterproof, Lokesh said.