25 posts tagged Glass
25 posts tagged Glass
"Oh, no tears please, for it’s a waste of good suffering."
Artist Nicole Cantú created this terrifyingly awesome stained glass likeness of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series. Entitled Lord of Leviathan, the 24” x 36” Cenobite is Nicole’s contribution to the Something Spooky horror-themed group art show the Guzu Gallery in Austin, Texas.
We love that Pinhead’s unforgettable cranium was crafted in 3D. The piece is mounted inside a light box so that viewers can get the full demonic/angelic effect. He’s currently available for purchase here.
[via Obvious Winner]
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Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates awesome large-scale, kaleidoscopic floor installations using mirrors, crystals, metal, and pieces of brightly coloured glass arranged in intricate and mesmerizing circular patterns.
"The fractal-like arrangements feature ornate and elaborate circles growing exponentially out of each other and vibrant rings of spiraling colors winding into the surface of the floor. They are composed of crystals, chromed metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. A sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects."
Do you remember the short films that Mister Rogers or Sesame Street would play that showed us how different things were made? This video is just like one of those mesmerizing films. It’s completely fascinating, delightful, and also strangely soothing.
Entitled Glas, this short documentary film about glass production in the Netherlands was made by Bert Haanstra in 1958. With a wonderful score and absolutely no narration, it beautifully contrasts glassblowers at the Royal Leerdam glass factory handmaking beautiful pieces of crystal with mass production by automated bottle-making machines. In 1959 Glas won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
"The documentary is a perfect little ten minute vacation. The music complements it nicely, so be sure to keep the sound on."
And kudos to the glassblower who managed to ply his trade while smoking a pipe. Smoking is bad for you, but we’re still impressed by his suave multitasking.
Science is awesome and this captivating video taught us about some seriously awesome science with some of the most mesmerizing high-speed video footage we’ve ever seen:
"Destin from Smarter Every Day stopped by Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama to explore a fascinating phenomenon called a Prince Rupert’s Drop. Apparently when molten hot glass is dropped in cold water it forms an object that’s almost completely impervious to brute force, even a sold hammer strike to the center of the teardrop-like shape won’t break the glass. Yet gently cut or even bump the tip of the drop and suddenly the entire thing shatters in an explosive chain reaction traveling at a speed of over 1 mile PER SECOND. Watch the video above to see the effect in 130,000 fps glory.”
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Evan’s magnificent windows feature some of our favourite characters from video games such as Metroid, Halo, and Mega Man, superheroes like Iron Man, My Little Pony characters, and even the occasional TARDIS. Head over to Evan’s Etsy shop, MartianGlassWorks, to see more.
These beautiful wave sculptures, one made of thin layers of precisely cut glass (entitled Maestrale) and the other wood (entitled La Vague), were created by Italian sculptor Mario Ceroli. Both awesome sculptures look like they’re about to crash against the floor and disappear, exactly as waves do.
Science + Art = Awesome
We’ve seen adorable plush microbes and we remember making models of microbes out of candy as school projects, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen the nasty little buggers exquisitely rendered in blown glass.
These beautiful hand-blown glass sculptures are the work of UK-based artist Luke Jerram, who has produced an entire series depicting microbes that cause different infectious diseases entitled Glass Microbiology. Here you see E. coli, HIV, Malaria, Swine Flu, and Enterovirus 71.
"Made to contemplate the global impact of each disease, the artworks were created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially coloured imagery we receive through the media. In fact, viruses have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light. By extracting the colour from the imagery and creating jewel like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent."
Polish artist Marta Klonowska uses carefully broken shards of coloured glass to create beautiful translucent sculptures of animals, life-like in proportion and size.
"Almost all of her sculptures are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens or Francisco de Goya next to which they are often displayed. Her work appeared most recently at European Glass Context 2012, and you can see many more images over on lorch + seidel contemporary.”
Spider webs are inherently awesome, but this takes them to a whole new level. New Jersey-based artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, has perfected the art of collecting whole spider webs intact and preserving them behind glass.
Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature.
To collect the webs, Fiore spends his days hunting for spiderwebs in Palisades Parks, New Jersey. From May through October, he catches an average of 20 webs a day, five days a week, which he estimates to be roughly 2,000 in total per year. On average, a spiderweb lasts for only a few hours. So when Fiore comes upon an intact web, it’s an exciting moment. He says, “When I find one, I’m exhilarated. The web shimmers and dances in the sunlight with the slightest breeze. The silk refracts light casting rainbows of color at me. It is a thing of beauty and I wax ecstatic, but the capture demands all my attention. I stop breathing to make the catch and time stops with me. Then the hunt continues.”
Visit Emil Fiore’s website to view more of his awesome spider webs and perhaps even snag one for yourself or an arachnophile friend. We might just do so too.
[via My Modern Metropolis]