Sculptures come in various forms, shapes, and sizes. Sometimes, the familiar things are the ones that catch our attention the most. Just like these plastic water bag glass sculptures. At first glance, you might think you’re looking at a bunch of plastic bags half-filled with water. Just like those bags we would usually use to carry our pet goldfish. But you’ll be surprised to learn that these are glass sculptures and they’re made entirely of glass. No plastic or water are involved in the production of these sculptures, just pure glass. These were created by the exceptionally talented Washington-based artist Dylan Martinez.
Dylan’s glass sculptures often challenges human perception through ingenious manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass. In other words, he creates interestingly unusual glass sculptures that let us question our own visual perception. His unique technique was very evident through his series of water bag glass sculptures. While he has several stunning glassworks under his portfolio, these are undoubtedly one of his best works so far.
Take a look at Dylan’s mind-blowing water bag glass sculptures
The accurate details, from the water bubbles and rippling creases down to the hand-tied knots, were all meticulously hand-sculpted. All without the aid of molds and resins. Still not convinced that these water-filled plastic bags are made of glass? Perhaps this video will dispel your doubts about these sculptures.
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Furthermore, you’ll also find it hard to believe that the artist himself is actually red-green colorblind. But he didn’t let his condition dissuade him from doing the craft that he loves the most. Instead, he uses his color blindness to magnify his perception of reality.
“Having a deficit in my color vision is an alternative way of seeing.” he says, “What is fascinating is that our desires often override our perception of reality and you believe what you think is visible as the truth.”