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Bronze and Glass Horse Appears to Exit a Cascade of Water

Over the past year, Sydney-based artist Ben Young has made a splash in the art world with his beautifully-handcrafted sculptures. The self-taught creative produces these intricate works by cutting and layering sheets of glass into remarkable, translucent formations. And incredibly, it's all done without the use of high-tech equipment.

Young recently posted this newest piece, and it's somewhat of a departure from his well-loved ocean waves. Titled Stead, the work features a bronze-casted horse whose body is half-cloaked in blue-green glass.

The animal looks as though it's stepping from underneath a cascade of water. Its back legs and tail are still concealed within the colorful glass layers, but that doesn't mean they appear distorted. On the contrary – Young has created just as much detail in the glass as in the bronze. This juxtaposition produces two different effects. Outside of the glass, the horse looks heavy and powerful. Within the glass, however, the creature appears as if it's weightless and walking on water. It's a stunning sight.

Ben Young website and Tumblr
via [The Womb]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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