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Mallard

Art Glass Sculpture

Created by Martin Ehrensvard
Birds have always stirred our imagination; they don't seem to be bound by the same laws of nature that we are. Their ability to fly inspires dreams of limitless freedom. They express pure unconditional joy by singing in all weather, and their feathers celebrate the whole range of vibrant colors. Ehrensvard put a lot of attention to the coloring of these birds because the colors are a metaphor for emotions, and he wants a world where people express and experience all their feelings fully. He makes the pattern by first assembling a matrix of twisted glass canes. He adds more clear glass to increase the size and to give the color depth and adds a patch of color for the head. He sculpted this bird by blowing, shaping, and pulling the glass. Finally, he adds the crest and beak.

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