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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Steffen Dam's Cool Glass Art


Danish toolmaker, Steffen Dam, has created wonderful art that makes the viewer wonder whether these floating plant life, magnified cells or floating sea creatures are real or constructed.

He draws his influence from geology, astronomy and mechanical constructions , but all are designed from memory images and are not accurate.

According to an article I read, "The process for making the panels begins by using the traditional glassmaking method for solid objects. Dam then covers each solid block of clear glass, employing a welding torch with "either colored glass powder, a thread of black glass, layers of metal foil or thin layers of carbon." Once all of the applications have been added, the object is covered in several more layers of clear glass and each one is fused together to make one Specimen Panel—an otherworldly biology lab usually consisting of 25 or more individual glass blocks." Wow!

Dam has or will be exhibiting at locations like Heller Gallery in NYC, Saatchi Gallery in London and Seattle's Traver Gallery. Pretty cool stuff, isn't it?