New Zealand born and Sydney based sculptor Ben Young, is a self-taught artist who has been making sculptures for over 10 years. From the simplest materials, like concrete and glass, he designs stunning ocean like sculptures.
Each piece starts as a 2D drawing and is then meticulously assembled using layers of hand-cut, translucent glass sheets, laid onto concrete rock formations. “Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes,” Young admits. The glass layers are then laminated to create a solid, smooth surface that looks like a snapshot of the ocean, caught in time. “I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes,” explains Young.
Often featuring miniature brass figurines of sail boats and explorers, Young’s work evokes stories of oceanic adventures. In his latest series, brass lighthouses look out from icy glaciers, a palm tree stands on its own concrete island, and ships sail across the rippling surface of the ocean.
Using glass and light, he is able to give the illusion that sculptures have come to life, creating the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. His work is close to nature, gorgeous and fragile at the same time, mimicking natural patterns with a chaotic yet calming surreal twist. Incredibly inspiring and creative, he makes solid objects look liquid and fluid.