‘Breaking the Bottle’ Upcycles Glass Shards into a Glittering Art Installation in NYC

by , 07/01/11
filed under: Art NYC

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Heller Gallery, Mark Reigelman, upcycled glass, installation art, sculpture, Meatpacking District,

Reigelman recreated a room in his childhood home, creating domesticity with a dining table, mirrors, book and even bearskin rug. The furniture sits atop a platform that is the exact dimensions of his family’s living room, evoking familial familiarity. Yet Reigelman breaks the comfort level, by covering each surface with the broken shards of glass.

At first glance, the glittering green surfaces appear to be soft like Astroturf. The rich greens bring shrubbery and topiaries to mind. But upon closer inspection, the softness fades, and we see that the chairs, tables and fixtures are instead covered with dangerous glass. The welcoming family living room quickly turns to a forbidden and possibly dangerous place.

Reigelman took the inspiration of using glass from the glass shard-topped fences that surround homes. The jutting shards protect the outside from breaking in, but also keep the inside from breaking out, creating a feeling of isolation. The crystalline furniture set represents the set up of any family home. Reigelman asks us to reexamine our comfort levels, and the feeling of isolation in our own homes.

The show runs at the Heller Gallery until July 30th.

+ Mark Reigelman
+ Heller Gallery

Via Frame Mag


1 Comment

  1. TuffysMom July 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    Hi Mark,I was referred to you by Kathy of the New Britain CT. Art Museum,. I am an amateur artist/crafter and am overwhelmed with too many intentions and supplies for those ideas.I live with my son and daughter-in-law who want me to now get rid of all my boxes in their garage.Kathy sent me a catalog with your name circled, as someone who might be interested in the beautiful colored glass bottles and assorted glass containers I have been collecting to eventually craft, but I have overdone the collecting and need to downsize. I want to sell what I have to be re-purposed and don\'t want to just put them on the curb with the recycles. Even if you don\'t want to buy them, I\'d give them to you, knowing they will become art, not trash. Or, if you know of another artist who needs them, please pass this inquiry on. A response would be appreciated. Best regards, Iris Miller Bristol,CT. cell phone 860-331-6428