Outside of its more functional uses, glass can be used to make some pretty extraordinary works of art. And, as pointed out on the Wikipedia page on the subject, these kinds of pieces “are more likely to be exhibited in public spaces rather than in homes.” So today we decided to showcase some of the many examples of glass art pieces in spaces ranging from casino/hotel ceilings to transit stations. Check them out below!

1. Fiori Di Como (Las Vegas, United States)

Created by Dale Chihuly and located on the ceiling of the Belagio, the Fiori Di Como has 2,000 individual blown-glass flowers and weighs over 40,000(!) pounds.

Taken from http://www.flickriver.com/photos/disneymike/tags/art/
Taken from www.mymilkglassheart.com/2010/11/20/dale-chihuly/

2. Dome of Light (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Created by Narcissus Quagliata and located in a Rapid Transit System transfer station in Taiwan, the Dome of Light took four years to complete and is “the world’s largest public art installation made from individual pieces of colored glass.

Taken from www.flickr.com/photos/canderson/6953400993/
Taken from www.flickr.com/photos/tamin405040/5848139551/

3. Bridge of Glass (Tacoma, United States)

Another piece by Dale Chihuly, the Bridge of Glass is a “500-foot-long pedestrian overpass linking the [Museum of Glass] to downtown Tacoma.

Taken from olympia-daily-photo.blogspot.ca/2010/06/bridge-of-glass.html
Taken from www.flickr.com/photos/amanderson/2587531946/

4. Cast Glass Wall (Toronto Canada)

Swon Design’s Cast Glass Wall is described as “77 ladle poured cast glass blocks in varying tones of aqua blue/green with texture simulating flowing water.

Taken from www.swondesign.com
Taken from www.swondesign.com

5. Stained Glass Art House (Copenhagen, Denmark)

This piece is located in the middle of the city and was designed by New York-based architect Tom Pruin. Reportedly, Pruin was inspired by “all the lights that he had faced in Copenhagen.

Taken from home-reviews.com/stained-glass-art-house-by-tom-pruin
Taken from home-reviews.com/stained-glass-art-house-by-tom-pruin

6. Lightfall (Scranton, United States)

Located in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and designed by Paul Housberg, this piece was “commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program.

Taken from www.glassproject.com/william-j-nealon-federal-building/
Taken from www.glassproject.com/william-j-nealon-federal-building

7. Chronos Trilogy (Hong Kong, China)

Created by Warren Carther and located in the Lincoln House office tower in Hong Kong, this piece is a “suite of three large scale sculptures” that “each represent a particular facet of time: the past, the present, and the future.

Approach of Time, Part 3 (taken from www.flickr.com/photos/joannelcy/1199909046)
Sea of Time, Part 2 (Taken from cartherstudio.com/original/gcr4.htm)
Vestige, Part 1 (taken from cartherstudio.com/original/gcr3.htm)

Discuss!

Tell us in the comments section below if you have any favourites – or if we’ve missed any pieces that belongs among these seven amazing works of art!

 

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