5 Mind-Blowing Glassworks From Around The World
Whether you’re a traveller, photographer, or just someone who enjoys beautiful art, the world is full of wonders. From stained glass murals, to blown glass sculptures, to intricate architecture, glass is a unique and beautiful art medium. For art connoisseurs, culture fanatics, and Instagrammers alike, each continent holds glass treasures, both hidden and in plain site. From French cathedrals to Chinese sky scrapers, check out these mind-blowing glassworks from around the world.
Sainte Chapelle: Paris, France
This chapel was built by French King Louis IX during the 13th century. It’s known worldwide for its nearly 6,500 square-foot stained glass mural. This chapel has stood with Paris through seven centuries, and two world wars. In anticipation for German Invasion, the French carefully took apart and stored this mural in the 1940’s, and put every single piece of glass back into place after the Allied victory. Recently renovated but still retaining two-thirds of its original pieces, this stained glass window is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Chihuly Garden and Glass: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
If you’ve heard of one glass blowing artist, odds are that artist is Dale Chihuly. Since the 1960’s, Chihuly has been a pioneer of glass blowing. From studying at the country’s first glass blowing collegiate program, to receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Venini Glass Factory in Italy, this museum showcases his life’s work and innovation. Located in the heart of Seattle right next to the Space Needle, this museum uses glass to bridge fantasy and reality. Chihuly Glass and Garden shows visitors how glass can take the form of plants, sea creatures, and a number of other out of this world creations.
Ferrari World: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World is Disneyland for car fanatics everywhere. Home to one of the world’s largest theme parks, this one of a kind building attracts families and adrenaline junkies alike. This building is a stunning architectural feet, but most people know Ferrari World for another reason: It’s home the fastest roller coaster in the world, called Formula Rossa. This coaster is said to give riders the same feeling and same amount of G-force as they would feel driving a Ferrari at full speed.
Corning Museum of Glass: Corning, New York, U.S.A.
The Corning Museum of Glass’ mission is to tell stories about glass. From glass’ role in ancient Egypt, to optics and science, to making your own glass, this museum is much more than your typical art gallery. Their wide body of glass art and exhibits, paired with the stories they share from history and the present will a truly unique experience.
Grand Lisboa Hotel: Macau, China
This mirrored glass wonder is the tallest building in Macau, China. Its also recognized for being “the world’s tallest building that looks like a pineapple.” This truly one of a kind building is a lot more than your average hotel. Designed by Hong Kong architects Ng Chun Man and Dennis Lau, its home to over 400 hotel rooms, thousands of gambling machines and tables, and multiple restaurants.
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