I just ran into these spectacular glass sculptures created by Madison (Wisconsin) based artist Shayna Leib. In Lieb’s Wind and Water series, she gives visual form to wind and water by focusing on the patterns that they create. Each of her pieces takes nearly a month to create and involves a painstaking process that begins with pulling individual 30-50 foot segments of glass, a step that’s repeated 8 to 200 times depending on the scale of the piece. In other words, she generates over 1 mile of thin glass pieces from which she cuts into tens of thousands of segments organized by shape and length. Next begins the process of building the actual sculpture, requiring roughly 45 minutes for each two square inch area. For those interested in more details of the process, Lieb generously shares it here.
Leib says, “I use glass, not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties; the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.” If you’re in Chicago you can see her work being featured by Habatat Galleries Michigan November 4-6, 2011 at SOFA on Navy Pier.