Sculptor Ben Young just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago next month. The 31-year-old self-taught artist has made a name for himself creating intricate glass sculptures that uncannily resemble moving water. Young crafts his sculptures — all painstakingly made and planned by hand (no computers or other high-tech equipment!) — by layering sheets of gleaming glass, one on top of the next.
Young works with laminated clear float glass atop cast concrete bases to create cross-section views of ocean waves that look somewhat like patterns in topographical charts. v“I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished product,” Young said, per his website. “I love watching … 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.” I love what I do and am proud of my work but to get such amazing feedback from around the world is so humbling,” he wrote. “Motivation is at an all-time high, lots more ideas to turn it to reality.”