[Artist To Watch] – Ben Young – Concrete & Glass Waves

Ben Young is from New Zealand and currently living in Sydney, Australia. He is a self taught glass artist, who sculpts the land and sea.

His collection of work was inspired by his surroundings. The coasts of Australia are known for their crazy waves and Ben seeks to capture the perfect wave.

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His work is constructed from sheets of hand cut glass. The process is slow, but after layering his work together, he is left with a totally three dimensional piece.

Ben says on his website,

“I love watching the two dimensional shapes evolve into three-dimensional creations and the different way the light plays inside the glass. I love the liquid qualities the glass brings with it. It enables me to play with lighting and watch the glass react.”

His concept is simple, but the end product is something you are enjoying from every angle. Ben takes his time when planning, only to ensure the end result is perfectly capturing his initial idea.

It is almost paralysing how amazing this artist is, the detail, craftsmanship and possible outcomes his skills and work can bring. I really love his whole gallery, it is hard to pick a favourite. I’m actually lost for words!

I do however like the tall vertical pieces. It’s nice to see such depth captured in a small surface area. What I would do to have one in my future London studio apartment! Ben if you ever sculpt another twisted cave wave twisted verticle piece, my birthday is 14th of May!!

Ben’s skill with his work has allowed him to not only create three dimensional shapes from two dimensions, but to show how the light would dance under the oceans waves. Glass is a really versatile material if you understand how it works. The rock face in his work is made of concrete, which is another material I’ve written about before – It’s Made Of Concrete

Glass and concrete are a great combination to use and also an inspirational subject that I hope to use on my own work. I mentioned my own project I was working on in a previous post.


Ben Young clearly is incredibly gifted with his impressive gallery! A truly remarkable artist and definitely one to watch!

Follow more of his work on his site – Ben Young

Images are (c) to Ben Young

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