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Martin Blank’s monumental glass installation ‘Fluent Steps’ completed at Museum of Glass

Post Time:May 14,2009Classify:Company NewsView:300

Seattle artist Martin Blank, one of America’s premier young sculptors, has finished assembling his new 207-foot-long outdoor glass art installation, “Fluent Steps.” The work was commissioned by the Museum of Glass (MOG) for its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century glass and created for the museum’s Main Plaza reflecting pool. The work comprises 754 pieces of individually hand-sculpted clear glass, most created in the museum’s Hot Shop during an unprecedented 45-day visiting artist residency in 2008 and augmented by an additional 31 days in Blank’s own studio.

“Fluent Steps” is poetry in glass that celebrates the many moods of water, from the delicate wisps of mist that rise from a meadow at dawn to the crashing cascades of a waterfall. “My intent with this installation is to awaken the viewer’s eye to keenly observe, interact and respond to the emotive nature of water,” Blank said. “It can be placid, sublime, and in an instant, a tremendous surge of raw power.” Blank further describes the composition of the work as “a dialogue between the mass and the void.”

The sculpture consists of nine individual islands of glass that interact with one another to portray Blank’s interpretation of water in its various forms. “Cascades” rises above the viewer to a height of 15 feet above the water like a surging waterfall. “Echo” languidly flows across the surface of the pool, creating an intimate dance of texture and reflective light. “Crystal Skin,” created by molding glass around a 20-foot madrona tree, quietly floats atop the water surface, and “Wisps,” a field of hundreds of small glass forms, breaches the surface like rising mist.

 

Source: Tecoma WeeklyAuthor: shangyi

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