Glass Sculptures Capture Raw Power of the Sea

Self-taught artist New Zealander Ben Young, 31, a boatbuilder by trade and avid surfer, has made a name for himself creating intricate glass sculptures that uncannily resemble moving water.

Young crafts his sculptures – all painstakingly made and planned by hand – by layering sheets of gleaming glass, one on top of the next.

“I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished product,” Young said, on his website “I love watching … the different way the light plays inside the glass. I love the liquid qualities the glass brings with it. It enables me to play with lighting and watch the glass react.”

Young has been working with glass for almost 15 years, “inspired to capture the perfection and raw power of the sea and of the perfect wave.”

Young has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Ranamok Glass Prize. The exhibition opens at Canberra Glass Works on 12 August.

He was raised in Waihi Beach and currently lives in Sydney.

Original article by Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post, July 1, 2014.

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