Oakland-based glass artist Etai Rahmil teamed up with Washington-based artist Phil Siegel to create Symphony of the Seasons, a series of exquisite blown-glass trumpets that capture the essence of the four seasons. The beautiful works of art are remarkable not only for the challenging execution, but also for the painstaking attention to detail and functionality as a pipe. In addition to Symphony of the Seasons, Rahmil and Siegel also created a bee-inspired honey-colored trumpet, called “In Key of Bee.”
Rahmil is best known for his glass dab masks, however, has expanded his portfolio to include antiques, a trumpet series, and other works that have been exhibited across the country. Siegel, on the other hand, is known for his skilled glass insect sculptures. Rahmel and Siegel met in the Bay Area, however, it wasn’t until Siegel moved to Washington that the two embarked on their big collaborative project. Rahmil cites his upbringing in a musically inclined family as one of the inspirations for the trumpet series.
The Symphony of the Seasons comprises four blown-glass trumpets that represent spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each trumpet, which doubles as a marijuana pipe, features two independent hand sculptures that act as a stand to support the trumpet. Every part of the artwork was meticulously planned out, from the color palette to the extra details, to capture the character of each season. The trumpets are all made to a 1:1 scale.
Images via Etai Rahmil