2014 GCGG

At the 2014 Great Canadian Glass Gathering, an amazing sight was to be seen: the bobble head or “Glass Spring.” Gibson Glass was the one who performed this feat. The wiggly glass stupefied any who could bring themselves out of the hazy stupor that the GCGG creates.

The top piece—which seems to defy physics already—was a joy to watch get made. After blowing a teardrop-shaped bubble, a spiral cut was painstakingly popped all over the bubble to create a ghostly reminder of the tear drop. Just the thinnest fragile skeleton remained. This process took forever. To my amazement in the morning—after watching this happen late into the night—this ethereal frame had had a spring set atop it… and not just any spring, but a glass one. I had to take some video to prove it!

I just had to know from whence came this engineering miracle. Patrick Redbeard informed me that  spring was made by Gibson, who learned the cool party trick from Matt Eskuche. Usually referred to as Matt E, and with another glass blower at the event named Matti, it was confusing.

Upon further research I found that, Matt Eskuke is a well renowned glass artist, who was commissioned to do an installation at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Going to his website and perusing the projects was mind blowing. His commentary on our disposable civilization and quirky way it is presented brings important focus on the environment we all inhabit. 

Pictured here is an example of his TRASH ART.

Aptly named “Witness Relocation Program II,” these pieces highlight the permanent impermanence of trash.

Where we have learned that the preservation of garbage is happening due to the dumping manner? (our methods, which sandwich degradable materials between more permanent ones, are creating inadvertent “time capsules” in our garbage). It is not going away, how can we reduce, reuse and recycle? There must be a way.

This all seems to seep from his work.