Colored or clear, textured or shattered, there is something intangible about glass art and the many forms it can take. Artists have long used the material to create small detailed designs in jewelry or windows, and in modern years it has become a medium and a backdrop for grand-scale sculptures and perplexing installations. The team at Vivince has seen glass manipulated, mirrored and molded-in countless ways and we have collected some of our favorites pieces that have left us inspired. Whether they are glass-like icy sculptures like the ones seen in our Snow Bird styled shoot, intentionally crafted sculptures, or even a simple array of mirrors and lenses that require light to be understood, we are excited to share those favorites with you:
Brightly colored and uniquely branded, Dale Chihuly’s all-glass artwork has become a patented piece for homes and gardens everywhere. The reaching shapes that swirl upwards and the rich colors that make them stand out in their organic home of greenery and pale sky have made the Chihuly pieces a garden staple, and have inspired other artists to take a similar approach. But nothing is quite like taking a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington to walk through the garden gallery and glass house for yourself.
When looking at glass as a medium of expression, mirrors can often be overlooked. An everyday object can possess a profound meaning and potential by creating a reflective space (literally and figuratively) and manifesting an environment without being guided or prescribed. Take, for example, the “Take Your Time” exhibit as seen at the MoMa in the gallery linked above. Artist Olafur Eliasson “has experimented with installations based on mechanisms of motion, projection, shadow, and reflection, creating complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices.”
In one of Eliasson’s crowning pieces, a giant rotating circular mirror which spans 40 feet in diameter and weighs 1,000 pounds, is mounted to the ceiling at an angle, gently turning at one revolution per minute. This minute movement and seemingly simple piece was enough, however, to transform the room, as guests perception of space was altered as they laid beneath it. Strangers would sit together and gawk at the ceiling, and friends would sprawl out or lay down on the art gallery floor to take in this transformative piece.
As with many of the glass pieces we love, the beauty isn’t necessarily in the material, but the shadows and light it casts. For example, the MINAMO, created by Torafu Architects for Tokyo Design Werk, allows you to feel the elusive beauty of being underwater while still standing above ground. The “water” keeps moving in an ever-changing form as guests step in and out of the flexible light receiving reflector, seeing the effect of their interaction shimmering on the walls, ceiling, and floor around them.
It is amazing what the clever combination of light and glass can curate, and this work in London Design studio Troika shows just how impactful it can be. 14 steep columns of light beam upwards in powerful bars, refracting in angles that create the illusion of curving light. The streams of light are positioned to bend as gothic arches above to create an “illusory passageway” within the studio – a sense of physical space and form where neither exist.