Thursday Salute to Originals: Crossing Waters
Layered glass sculptures illustrate tiny human figures traversing massive bodies of water.
New Zealand-based artist Ben Young is well known for creating massive sculptures and dioramas of marine landscapes. In this series, the artist explores aquatic topography in a striking application of glass, concrete, bronze, and steel.
Each scene illustrates an expansive, calm body of water surrounded by natural rock formations and topography. Smooth, aqua-colored glass fills cross-sections of gray concrete, supported by squared stainless steel frames that elevate the form.
Atop each glass pool is a tiny human figurine cast in bronze — each playing, fishing, or canoeing in the expansive cross-section of glass and metal. These tiny figures are meant to symbolically contrast how human activity appears tiny and minuscule beside the majesty of a vast and “larger-than-life” depiction of earth’s oceans and bodies of water.
This Thursday, we’re saluting the marine topography sculpture of Ben Young. You can view more collections like these on the artist’s Instagram.