WORDS Mary Garner
Ben Young is New Zealand-born, Australia-based self-taught sculptor who works with glass and concrete to create works that appear to have been sliced out of the ocean.
An avid surfer and boat builder, Ben’s appreciation for the sea is evident in his work. His sculptures are all hand-drawn, hand-cut and created out of clear sheet float glass that is layered with lamination.
Ben, who has been creating glass sculptures for over 10 years, develops the models, creates custom jigs and, with the use of a glazier hand tool, cuts the layers. He is big on planning and focuses intently on this part of the process. “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut,” shares Ben. “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically, as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.”
See more of his work on Behance.