German born artist Hans Godo Frabel’s glass is on display throughout Lewis Ginter Gardens now through January 11, 2011.
The exhibit installation entitled Glorious Glass has everything from glass flowers to masks and even glass frogs. I especially enjoyed his glass pylons which take center stage where this stream meets a lovely pool of water.
Frabel’s glass alien looking men pop up everywhere! Here they can be seen crossing the stream by means of a fallen tree. Although his use of globes in his larger version of his 1979 ‘Tower of Bable’ is lovely too. According to the garden, “The vertical rods gently move when there is a slight breeze in the air.”
Frabel’s geometric work,’Large Cube with Imploded Glass Spheres’ in the Sunken Garden is striking. The Green Glass Globes in the center of the cube brings together the geometric elements of the garden’s space.
But not all his work is geometrically based. Much of his glass sculptures take on the whimsical! Below are numerous, ‘Longfellows’ crossing a stream while attempting to defy gravity.
In the Children’s area of the main conservatory you can get up close and personal with a couple of these lanky glass figures. They are rather beautiful up close!
In the Lake by Lotus Bridge there are Ten glass clowns tooling above colored glass spheres for the entertainment of passers by. It’s a fun use of the space.
He also employs these mischievous jesters up a spiral at the main conservatory.
A fantastic use of the spiral! The figures journey are actioned perfectly!
Frabel’s Masks, the exhibit explains, began, “as clear tubes”, which were then, “…heated at the torch and blown to create a volume. The volume then is cut at its long edge and folded back to form a slightly convex, flatter plane that forms the basic shape of the mask.”
The colorful glass masks were created by adding, colored glass surface highlights; to others he has applied actual gold and silver leaf.”
His joker glass figures are part of a theme titled Aces and Deuces, Jokers Wild. They are a metaphor for, “the gambles we all have to make in our lives.”
Frabel also has an entire area in the North Wing of the Conservatory featuring his glass Botanicals! Some of them are almost realistic, like these Pitcher Plants!
I have to admit, I find it remarkable that glass can create such lovely curves. But it’s really all in the mastery of glass maker. In this case Frabel has an extraordinary history with glass and is world renowned.
Frabel’s own website explains that, “Over the years Frabel’s reputation as a master in glass art has spread worldwide beyond the glass community. Frabel art pieces can be found in public and private collections in over 80 countries worldwide. Some of the more illustrious collectors of Frabel glass art are Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, current and former heads of governments such as Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat as well as museums in London, Paris, Tokyo, Dresden, Valencia, Corning, San Francisco, New York and Washington D. C.”
You needn’t be famous to see his designs, just a garden wanderer at Lewis Ginter between now and January 11, 2011. For more information visit: http://www.lewisginter.org
Britt : )