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Playing in the Dune Grass

Art Glass Sculpture

Created by Caryn Brown
Bring the beach home with you without getting sand on the floor. "Playing in the Dune Grass" is a contemporary art glass and stainless steel sculpture. The colors of the summer blue sky and wind swept sand are reminiscent of days at the beach. The smooth glass is textured by the raised dune grass elements.

To create this piece, hundreds of glass strips are hand cut and arranged on edge. The glass is then kiln-fired to more than 1500 degrees. At this temperature, the heated glass melts, fusing the glass strips together. Close up, one can see how one color melts into another: where each color meets, there is a sense of the colors simultaneously pushing at and joining with one another, reliving the dance they performed during the firing process. This sense of interactivity and movement is captured in the final design, in which the overall positioning of the colors takes this sense of fluidity to the macro level.

The stainless steel stand was designed and fabricated specifically for this piece. There is synergy of glass and stainless steel; although they are disparate mediums, each element complements and elevates the other. The curvature of the stainless steel softens the visual appeal of this hard element. The manner in which the glass rests upon the steel, almost as if it is emerging from it, further emphasizes the harmony of the two elements. This piece is for indoor use. If placed near a window or door, the changes in ambient light will create subtle changes in how this piece is perceived. The play of light and shadow within the piece serves to enhance the intrinsic movement which the work already displays.

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