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GLASSTASTIC is one of Brattleboro Museum and Art Center's exhibit, and is the third exhibit at the museum to be inspired by the Museum of Glass's Kids Design Glass program in Tacoma, Washington. Elementary school children were asked to send in drawings and descriptions of imaginary creatures of their own creation. Twenty drawings were chosen out of more than 1,000 submissions. These drawings featured colorful imaginary creatures with spiky tails, tentacles, and wings. Guests artists were tasked with choosing the winning drawings and transforming them into glass sculptures.
The goal of the exhibit is to celebrate the imagination of children, as well as the artists' ingenuity in rendering the details of the drawings of imaginary creatures. An array of glass-working techniques, materials, and processes were experimented with by the guest artists to bring the beasts on display to life. Viscous glass was created by the blending of lime, ash, and sand heated together in a furnace. Some of the sculptures were made with molten glass at the end of a pipe, while parts of other sculptures were cut from cold glass that were then layered and put in a kiln to be fused together. Strikingly colored glass rods were used for flame-worked sculptures by heating them with a torch and manipulating them to create intricate details. Each sculpture has a corresponding description of the creature's habits and abilities.
Luminous Muqarna, an exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, was created by Soo Sunny Park. The goal of the exhibit is to transform visitors' experience of light from a purely perceptual phenomenon to a physically robust presence with volume and weight. The sculptural elements of the artwork is inspired by muqarnas, which are ornamental vaults commonly seen in Islamic architecture. The muqarnas allow light to cast in new ways that decorate surfaces, illuminate the interior façade, and extend structural lines in the space below.
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