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Glass Bottle Spiral Topiary by Bill Hess

Glass Bottle Spiral Topiary

Glass Bottle Spiral Topiary
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Code: 87BHSCL1
Price: $9,500.00
Dimensions: 108" H x 42" W x 42" D


Whole glass bottles are assembled on a wood and pvc infrastructure (steel may be substituted with a $1500 price increase) mounted on a wooden barrel-like base. The bottles are strung on LED rope lights as they spiral up from a collection of fractured bottles. The sculpture is assembled on site. This piece was featured at NEXT Art Fair 2009, an international gallery exhibit in Chicago. The initial design and construction were sponsored by Grolsh beer. This piece is inspired by old English garden topiary, and the use of green glass beer bottles makes a different kind of statement.  It is a play on the beauty and poetry that can be a by-product of consumerism.

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I enjoy seeing a discarded glass bottle assume a new life. Glass containers have an intimate place in our lives, and this relationship is energetically etched into each piece that I create. I feel like an alchemist as I work to transform the physicality of glass while preserving its soul and history. From a practical perspective I feel frugal in sourcing my materials, but more so, I feel ecological. I strive for efficiency and intelligence in utilizing objects and resources that are beautiful, readily available, and whose prior lives are still evident upon reaching my hands. Over the past 10 years, this re-use philosophy has meshed well with my interest in conveying a message to celebrate, engage, and provoke a more meaningful relationship between people, nature, and objects. I bring this sensibility to the content of my work with recycled glass, whereby natural imagery is introduced either intentionally, by chance or discovery through the creative process. When the glass creates a dialogue with the content of a sculpture, I experience an energetic shift and a bit of the supernatural. This makes the whole creative process worthwhile and justified while hopefully providing some inspiration, joy, and reflection for others. I was educated as an artist and engineer and became interested in art glass while living in Seattle studying at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Much of my experience with recycled glass has been through independent discovery. Recently, I have been creating larger pieces in the form of counter tops. These have evolved into awesome painterly type works. Each has a substantial ethereal signature both in mass and visual information resulting from the idiosyncrasies of recycled glass.

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