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New Zealand artist and sculptor Ben Young works with glass, but not in the traditional way. Instead of blowing molten glass into three-dimensional shapes, Mr Young layers several sheets of glass next to each other to arrive at the form he wishes to depict. His most stunning pieces has to be those where he creates ocean waves.

Using sheet after sheet of carefully cut glass, Young builds both abstract and realistic interpretations of waves and bodies of water, undoubtedly influenced by growing up near the beautiful Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Each of Young’s sculptures are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted, layer on layer to create the end product. There is no high-tech equipment involved but the complexity comes from the planning phase, which Young aptly describes as ‘a lot of work’. “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut”, he said.

The sea has influenced more than his art; Ben Young is a keen surfer and boatbuilder by trade. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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