Artisan Simone Crestani finds inspiration in the “imperfect elegance” of nature. This striking quality informs his entire practice, materializing as beautiful blown glass sculptures of biotic forms found in the natural world.
In Crestani’s collection of works, a wide array of flora, fauna, and other organic objects come to life. Using borosilicate glass, he crafts sculptures that showcase his subject’s decorative yet flawed details. These include the gnarled and twisted trunk of a blossoming bonsai tree and the irregular patterns produced by clustered bubbles and molecules.
Nature’s imperfect elegance is not the only juxtaposition that Crestani regularly explores in his striking sculptures. “In my works I love to see coexistence between fragile form and concrete details, hard contours and harmony of elegance,” he explains. “Glass is the perfect material to sum up these contrasts.” Much like his muses, blown glass is never perfect. This makes it an ideal material to illustrate these contrasts, which, Crestani believes, ultimately manifest on their own accord.
“I shape the material, but the end result has an identity of its own,” the artist confides. “I help it to grow, and wait until it gives me an indication of the equilibrium that will allow it to express itself.”
You can see more of Crestani’s collection of awe-inspiring blown glass sculptures on his website.