The ocean has a well-deserved reputation as an instant mood calmer, so it's no surprise that these ethereal glass and concrete sea sculptures by artist Ben Young have us feeling especially centered and relaxed.
Young used bronze, concrete and laminated float glass to create the hand-cut pieces, which look like super realistic three-dimensional ocean topography diagrams. Each sculpture offers a unique perspective of the water's surface as well as features of the ocean floor. They are all liquid-free despite the very authentic looking water, which bears a texture that gives it a wavy surface.
With Young's Eye of the Storm, the viewer has a special vantage point that makes a pair of palm trees visible, as well as the mountainous underwater sand formation on which they sit. Watchful Gaze offers a glimpse of a lighthouse perched on a hill overlooking the sea. A heeling sailboat on the water provides the illusion of movement, while the underwater view reveals a massive wall of sloping sand.
A boat builder and self-taught glass sculptor, Young begins each of his pieces with by drawing them out by hand, cutting crafting them from the float glass and laminating the layers until a final form develops. Then he builds models and decides how to convert 2D shapes into 3D.
The design of the sea-inspired sculptures is tied to lighting and natural shapes, among other artistic elements.
"Lighting plays a large part in the presentation of my pieces. When lit from beneath, the light reflects and gives off the illusion of the piece being brought to life," Young says. "I hope viewers might imagine the work as something "living" that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.'"
Check out more of Young's glass projects at BrokenLiquid.com.