Steven Weinberg has been innovating and designing enigmatic worlds cast into solid optical crystal since the 1970's. Weinberg is breaking the mold, again. His studio is proud to release these new limited edition pieces to mark the birth of the new company and the celebration of a master artist.
And so it is that the vast sea has forever captured the human imagination. Living much of his life surrounded by ocean in diminutive Rhode Island, 'the Ocean State', the sea has always had a powerful influence on Weinberg and his work. His original abstracted boat forms seen below were inspired in part by the cross sections of boat hulls. Here translated into solid crystal and imbued with streaming bubbles heading for an unreachable surface, the boat hull becomes indistinguishable from the surrounding water that defines its purpose. Technically speaking, the controlled spheres are a marvel.
Earthy and solemn, with weather scarred surfaces and gritty textures that are incredibly lifelike, the buoys are the working symbols of the sea's corrosive beauty. Cast from found objects, their diverse shapes reflect differing cultural stories but speak of a singular purpose: the sea as a way of life. Many are Native American designs and bear cryptic markings such as in the fine example seen above, far right. Weighing perhaps 30 lbs or more, composed entirely as they are of solid crystal, these buoys are wonderfully juxtaposed: rough metalized exteriors unexpectedly give way to clear, optically fine interiors.
Steven Weinberg has always been interested in ocean and sea themes. Exploring abstract water concepts through the complex use of trailing spheres and suggested motion, his early boat forms were inspired by the cross sections of boat hulls. More direct references were struck with the introduction of his critically acclaimed buoy series.
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Bubbles in glass. Crystal worlds that without scale, spiral in to sub-atomic infinity or out to infinite space. Frozen spheres holding small capsules of the earth's atmosphere inside glassy metallic skins.