Ben Young, a self-taught artist based in Mount Maunganui – New Zealand, creates spectacular glass sculptures of crystal clear sea and waterbody scenarios. He also uses concrete and metal as raw material to compose his handmade pieces.
The way I use the glass enables me to portray so many different elements of my conceptual ideas. 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. 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.Ben Young