If you think that modern glass is only
used for practical residential and commercial applications, then you might be
pleasantly surprised to find out it’s also used as an art form. We scouted
around the globe in search of some of the best glass sculptures, so sit back
and let us take you through our favourites!
Glass Microbiology - Luke Jerram
One of the most interesting pieces of
glass art comes from Luke Jerram. Since 2004, the artist has been turning
viruses and minuscule pathogens into unique and otherworldly glass sculptures.
His concept of sculpting something that is usually invisible to the naked eye
has brought an entirely new dimension to the layman’s understanding of your
average bacteriophage. It’s one thing to read about these types of viruses, but
it’s another thing entirely to see what they actually look like! Who knew these
deadly bacteria had unnatural shapes with sharp, weapon-like edges. From
representations of swine flu to Ebola, Jerram’s made-to-scale glass sculptures
are spine-tingling, yet very original!
Cascade - Sergio Redegalli
Sergio Redegalli is the creative mind
behind Cascade – a glass sculpture displayed in the Adelaide Botanic Garden. In
1988 he was commissioned to provide a piece for the World Expo being held in
Brisbane at the time, with the theme of “Leisure in the Age of Technology”.
Taking an interesting view of this theme, Redegalli produced a sculpture that
would have been nearly impossible without the aid of technology, which
symbolises the leisurely fall of a wave. The astonishing 12-ton glass sculpture
has 500 precision-cut pieces of 6mm clear glass, all glued together to create
the illusion of a cascading wave.
Cold Glass - Jack Storms
Jack Storms is one of the more
contemporary artists who has already made his mark in the history books of
glass artistry. Inspired by the Fibonacci principle, he has developed an
incredibly rare type of glass artwork that takes 24 labour-intensive weeks to
complete. The process includes cutting a core of lead crystal, then polishing
and laminating it to create reflective mirrors. It is then wrapped in optical
glass to create a rainbow-colour effect when light passes through. It then goes
through hours and hours of repetitive grinding, cutting, and polishing to
create the smooth end result you see above. Because of his incredibly unique
work, his glass art has been commissioned for the President of Nigeria, while
two of his glass artworks also appeared in the hit Marvel franchise film
“Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Knitted Glasswork - Carol Milne
Carol Milne is famous for her unique and
intricate Knitted Glasswork. It was in 2006 that she discovered her fascination
for knitting, mould-making, and kiln-casting, and by combining these she
created the award-winning Knitted Glass. Her work claimed the Silver Award at
the 2010 International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan. Her work is
absolutely fascinating; by creating the traditional looping patterns of a
knitted piece with melting glass, she has created something entirely unseen in
the modern world of glass work. She has said that her work is inspired by the
image of society. “I see my knitted work as a metaphor for social structure.
Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong
when bound together.”
Kolonihavehus - Tom Fruin
Not exactly an entirely glass sculpture, but this work deserves a
spot on our list: Kolonihavehus by Brooklyn-based artist, Tom Fruin. The work
is an installation made from 1000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass and scrap
metal, which have been reworked into a colourful glass house with indoor
lighting. As a “3D evolution” of his previous work with salvaged drug-bags, his
work proves that you can still make something great and beautiful even from
scrap. Truly, one man’s trash is treasure to another. Tom Fruin’s work is now
exhibiting in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York.
Stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle
One of the best-preserved medieval masterpieces in Europe is the
Sainte-Chapelle. It’s located in the Palais de la Cité, the old royal palace of
the kings and queens of France. The chapel’s window design is one
of the city’s highlights, and is regarded as a glorious masterwork that
transcends time. You wouldn’t have guessed that it was made in the 1240s, as
its stained-glass windows are intricately made to depict biblical, local, and
political stories. With 15 panes standing at 15 metres high each, these beloved
moments in history are truly a sight to behold. There are 1,130 biblical
figures depicted in the glass spread over its huge windows, and one large rose
window. It is a true testament to the beauty that will result from dedicated
time, energy, and belief in a greater idea.
The art of great windows
Glass windows are a versatile instrument that can be used for
religious ornamentation, an art form, or your home’s ventilation and insulation!
At Atlas Glass, we make sure to provide only the best glazing services to
complete your stunning home. We are experiencedAuckland glaziers who can
take care of your home’s retrofit double glazing and timber joinery glazing for
a home you can call your functional piece of art. Contact us to learn
So, the time has come to replace the old glass with the new, and you’re wondering where to start. You’re not alone! Hundreds of Kiwis struggle with the ins and outs of selecting their ideal window design, and most of our clients have come to us at a loss for where to begin. We’re going […]
With the warmer months approaching, it’s time for your annual spring cleaning, and what better way to start on this project with your double glazed windows? They provide so much help with your home’s thermal insulation that they truly deserve a good scrubbing. Window cleaning may not be your favourite task, but there are ways […]