Many of you regular upcycleDZINE visitors know that I’m a great fan of lighting. Lampshades, pendants, desk lamps or chandeliers, they all play with light in a different way. And sometimes this light and the shadows on the wall or ceiling are nothing less than mesmerizing.
Something else that has always intrigued me is glass. You know what I mean If you’ve ever stood next to a glassblower showing his craft. The way they play with this hot substance is just mind blowing. Well both lighting and glass are combined is today’s featured upcycle design/art.
Light art as a healing tool
Seeing this collection for the first time made me feel astonished and made me smile. The idea is so unique and fun at the same time. The collection is called Fluid Glass Movements by artist and glassblower Michael Allison, based in Joelton, Tennessee | United States. He creates light art out of vintage metal faucets and gages and melting glass.
In his work he wants to connect earth and sky. Water and metal are grounding and the birds and crystals he incorporates into his work are airy.
Once he discovered art, he had an insatiable hunger to create more. His grandmother kept stimulating his artistic side, and connected him to water. How did she do that? Well she taught him to swim when he was 5 years-old and rewarded him with numbered paint of a set.
“Water is the essence of life, and glass has similar properties to water in the sense that glass is liquid and always moving. In my work, glass represents water in a present state… moving so slow that the drops are suspended in a moment.”
Photos © Michael Allison
According to Michael art should play a healing tool. Not only for the artist in the moment of creation, but also for the audience while viewing each piece. Well I must say that looking at those drops ‘frozen’ in time is almost a zen like experience.
To check out more of his work, please visit the online gallery.