These beautiful layered glass sculptures by Sydney-based artist Ben Young are made out of glass. They were painstakingly cut and pieced together to mimic the topography of the ocean and its waves.
Ben uses clear float glass and cast concrete bases to create a cross section view of the ocean. His layered glass sculptures were inspired by the local landscapes that surrounded him at New Zealand’s Waihi Beach, where the self-taught artist was raised.
“I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece,” says Ben. “Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as i have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.”
Each of Ben’s pieces are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted. All the complexity comes from the planning and development phases; he constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and cuts the sheets with a glazier’s hand-tool.
Textured concrete forms are interwoven between the layered glass; thus forming intricate terrain-like landscapes. The physical and visual juxtaposition of texture and colour on both mediums creates a contrast that mimics how the waves meet the shore. And small bronze carvings, sculpted initially from wax, help to portray narrative of the glass sculptures.
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