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Mountain Sensations

Layered glass art

In development

Philosophy

1700m above the sea level, in Georgia's southern province of Samtskhe-Javakheti, rests a small mountain village Akhalkalaki. They say mountains have an ineffable power to restore and fill people with energy of life. Mountain Sensations is artist's attempt to re-create this mystical power in glass, so that a walk through the installation would trigger contemplation and feelings of gratitude for one's life.

 

Ruminating upon the bright plein-air impressions of Georgia, the artist designed an installation that would bring back to life the sensations he had experienced there. The blending of the clouds with the mountains and the cool, fresh mountain air filling one's body with quality oxygen. The sudden revelation that these mountains have calmly and patiently stood there and will go on being, even after you cease to exist. The kick. The adrenaline, not the superficial one, but the other sort- the deep, unbearable pleasure starting at the core of you. The energy of life.

The characteristics of glass, such as it's transparency and glinting, has the necessary sublimity to attempt to recreate this sense of omnipotence induced by the mountains. The composition consists of 5 modules, each of which has a wooden base construction that serves as a support for the glass part. Although the construction has elements of layered glass, the work is not a classic example of an object made in the layered glass technique. Mainly, because the glass is stacked onto each other with significant intervals. The core of each module is made up of ten 2250x650x8mm sheets of glass. The content is then built in the intervals between them using more refined elements. Two light sources are located under the glass construction to bring out the atmosphere. 

Only one module is yet built. If you would like to support us with completion of it, or become a patron of it, please get in touch with us