These days it’s harder than ever to create something unique, but artist Ben Young knows how to take the art, and sculpture world by surprise. His latest collection connects the beauty of the sea to everyday life, highlighting the movements of water in such a beautiful way you can display it in your house all year long.
Young’s latest collection of ocean-themed sculptures is scheduled to go on display next month in Chicago at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Chicago in order to check out Young’s work. We’ve got some photos from his latest project here–chances are you might even want to buy some of it, I know I do!
Without the use of any fancy tech equipment, Young skillfully hand cuts the glass pieces for each project, crafting them to create picture perfect sculptures that truly resemble ocean waves. In order to capture just the right look, Young layers each thin glass piece in a very precise manner, the task is time consuming and detail-orientated, but according to the artist nothing is more challenging than the actual planning process.
Every single piece of his work takes great a deal of effort and concentration, but much of the complexity arises during the planning. Young admits, “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut.”
Working with 2-deminsional shapes, the challenge becomes making them 3-demensional. On Young’s website he writes, “Sometimes my start point changes dramatically as shapes can be limited – I can’t create any internal right angles – so I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.”
Young was born and raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand–hence how he got interested in the ocean from an early age. Today he resides in Sydney, Australia and works as a “self-taught artist” with over 10-years experience creating glass sculptures.
From the start, it was the beautiful natural landscapes surrounding his beachside residence that helped develop his artwork. Many of his pieces are inspired directly from the remote Mount Maunganui and Mayor Island. Young is also a boat builder and surfer, in other words the ocean is his whole life, he only surfaces on land in order to breathe.
Just like any great surfer, Young is always trying to capture that perfect wave, and through his artwork he is not only able to catch them, but solidify them for all of time.
Young’s work is truly the cream of the crop, not only does he put extensive time and effort into each and every piece but he also sources the very best materials for the job. The colors and textures of the glass varies throughout all of his projects, but each is of excellent quality.
“I love watching the two dimensional shapes evolve into three-dimensional creations and 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.”
Notice all of the ‘loves’? Just goes to show the amount of passion Young reserves for his work, and without passion you could never create pieces of art that are this incredible.
New Lands “II”
In parts of the world the ocean overtakes the land, and in other parts of the world the land overtakes the ocean. Either way, the world is constantly changing, which makes this particular art display so meaningful.
The Lonesome Light
Young is currently available for project collaborations and to commission work from scratch.
Photo Credits: brokenliquid.com,