Glass Sculpture Installation in Columbus, Georgia

Emily Williams working on a glass sculpture installation in Columbus, Georgia

2013, Emily Williams working on a glass installation in Columbus, Georgia. Photograph by Virginia Rose Nestor

During the past two months I have begun working on a glass sculpture installation project in my Columbus, Georgia studio.  This is a major undertaking and will take over two years to complete.  Keyword is play!  This is such an exciting project because the installation space is located in a historical building with several cavernous, dramatically lit areas.  As I have posted on my blog in recent months, I have been exploring plant and aquatic life forms using borosilicate glass rod.  I manipulate the borosilicate glass rod using a hand-held glass torch.  For this art installation (and other projects currently under way,) I have been venturing into using some larger diameter rods and developing various engineering mechanisms for securing work to walls and ceilings.  This is no easy task!

The glass sculptures created for this installation are very metamorphic.  Sometimes a glass form might resemble a plant and sea creature simultaneously.  At other times, the sculptural forms might appear as gigantic microscopic organisms.  During the upcoming holidays, I plan on visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to study and photograph different aquatic creatures such as octopus, sea anemone, and a variety of jelly fish.   I will use these photographs to develop drawings for aquatic life form structures, patterns, and movement  The drawings serve as a blueprint of inspiration for developing sculptural glass components in the art installation.  As a young kid living in Huntington Beach, California I loved exploring the tidal pools, playing with sea potatoes, or swimming through kelp forests.  I imagine that this glass installation will continue to reveal some of the same child-like play and exploration.  In the upcoming months, I will be sharing new updates and additions to this glass sculpture installation project.  A wonderful learning and research resource is the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey, California.  I am a loyal follower of the Monterey Aquarium on Twitter because they conduct and share high quality research on marine life and ocean conservation.  Here is a wonderful Jellies webpage at the Monterey Aquarium that includes a marvelous video!



  1. Olo says

    It will take two years to complete. That’s a huge project Emily. Lots of success creating the next part. How many parts do you have at the end? Are you intending to add colored elements or colored glass drops here and there? Thank you for sharing.

    • Emily Williams says

      It is very impossible to say exactly how many individual pieces there will be in total. There are several large spaces so I will have various installation segments that tie together as a whole. Some works will be suspended and some mounted on the walls. I have some interesting ideas for using limited color, but have not felt that in the current work it is needed at all. I think there is a wonderful simplicity and power to clear borosilicate glass.

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