We want to thank our friends over at Cool Hunting for turning us on to artist Steffen Dam and his stunning work. Dam creates luminous glass blocks and panels, within which imaginary plants and sea creatures are suspended like fossils or scientific specimens and the end results are absolutely mesmerizing!
Dam says "I originally trained as a toolmaker and worked for some years as such before I realized my curiosity spanned more than that which is measurable. In glass I found these qualities. The uncompromising nature of this material exactly fitted the precise and analytic way of thinking that I was taught in constructing industrial tools."
"During my first ten years of glass making I was practising and experimenting with all the different techniques to become a good craftsman. While doing so, I discovered a new kind of beauty in the fringes of the well crafted glass I was making. In the area of mistakes and faults - the unwanted air bubbles, ash marks, soot, cracks and crookedness - I found something that cannot be predicted or sketched beforehand. I set the established and traditional techniques aside and started making glass all "wrong" in an attempt to capture the good in the bad. Out of these experiments came the "Fossils", "Plants" and other objects - like frozen extracts of chaos to be watched undisturbed."
His work can be seen here in New York at the Heller Gallery through the end of the month. We know what we're doing this weekend. In the meantime, to learn more about the artist click here!