English Artist Shatters Children’s Dreams
Imagining a glass artist might conjure blowing and spinning hot molten silica into rounded sensuous shapes. But, for English glass artists Yorgos Papadopoulos, glass is not a constructive process but a destructive one. Papadopoulos’ conception includes a carefully planned shattering of sandblasted glass plates to discover the natural beauty within the damaging force. Yorgos then applies special glass paint to enhance the cracks and breaks revealing the natural beauty.
Recently, Papadopoulos shared his process with students of Lea Valley Primary school. The children were to aid the artist in the design of the school’s new reception area installation. Pupils from each grade played an active role in creating the artwork. “It’s important that children are involved in art,” says headteacher Maria Kokotsis. “The idea of having a contemporary art installation came about because we were having an updated reception area and I felt strongly that the students should have a say in it. What better way to be involved than by making an artwork together?”
The budding artists from grade two to five joined Yorgos – along with Lea Valley art coordinator, Ms. Mitchell – on a visit to Tate Modern to see the Matisse cut-outs exhibition. Inspired by what they saw, the students then participated in a workshop with Yorgos back in their classroom where they used paper and scissors and created their own artworks. The final design has been translated into glass by Yorgos, who specializes in making paintings in smashed laminated glass using the unique process he developed.
This September, the reception area art installation was revealed to the public, press, and the participating students. The large colorful glass work sits mounted within the wall of the newly renovated space featuring the work of the children and the artist who helped them make their dreams a shattered reality.
Visit Yorgos Papadopoulos’ website at http://yorgosglass.com or call +44 (0) 20 8885 2029
Commissioned works range in price from: $20,000 USD – $40,000 USD.