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On view through January 17th , 2021
Imagine Museum
St Petersburg, Florida
Bertil Vallien’s is an internationally celebrated glass artist and designer from Stockholm, Sweden and has been a key figure in the studio glass movement since its nascent beginnings in the 1960s. His awe-inspiring work has made lasting impressions on audiences around the world and influenced several generations of glass artists.

Vallien creates large, highly complex, one-of-a-kind sculptures that employ symbolic imagery to depict a mythical, dream-like world. Each of his sculptures employs a range of metaphors that depict emotional narratives about our journey as human beings. “The boat shape has become, for me, what the canvas is for a painter,” Vallien explained. “It’s a shape that I can fill with my stories—a symbol for moving beyond the horizon.”

Image: Bertil Vallien, From the Janus Head Series, 2012-2019.
Sandcast glass