The sculptures of Ben Young allow us to experience the enormous depth of the ocean, and give us an idea of how much is hidden under the surface, at any given moment in life.
Ben Young lives and works in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Through his glass sculptures, he continuously explores the beautiful landscape surrounding him. Being a surfer and a boat builder, he has a deep relationship with the ocean. The sculptures are made from float glass, copper and concrete. Using these simple materials, Ben Young constructs the pieces to give free-flowing water a geometric edge and rock-structures to seem both sharp and smooth. The overall impression is a new and mind blowing perspective of nature and the ocean.
The light flows through the sculptures, creating an additional element. “Lighting plays a large part in the presentation of my pieces. When lit from beneath, the light reflects and gives off the illusion of the piece being brought to life. I hope viewers might imagine the work as something “living” that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.”
The complexity of Ben Young’s sculptural works comes from the planning phase, where he says ‘I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut’. He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: ‘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.’