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

Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 1, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Art NYC | 1 Comment

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 [7], 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 [8] 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 [9], 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 [10] 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 [11]. Reigelman asks us to reexamine our comfort levels, and the feeling of isolation in our own homes.

The show runs at the Heller Gallery [1] until July 30th.

+ Mark Reigelman [3]
+ Heller Gallery [1]

Via Frame Mag [12]

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[1] Heller Gallery: http://www.hellergallery.com

[2] Brooklyn: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/tenth-acre-farms-an-abandoned-brooklyn-basketball-court-transformed-into-a-lush-green-space/

[3] Mark Reigelman: http://www.markreigelman.com/

[4] green: http://inhabitat.com/green-power-island-could-power-copenhagen-sustainably/

[5] public art projects around New York: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/high-line-structural-engineering-elevating-the-design-of-new-yorks-preserved-rail/

[6]  : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/breaking-the-bottle-upcycles-glass-shards-into-a-glittering-art-installation-in-nyc/mark-reigleman-heller-gallery2/?extend=1

[7] dining table: http://inhabitat.com/illuminated-tables-and-planters-made-from-100-recycled-plastics/

[8] glittering: http://inhabitat.com/museo-abc-transforms-a-madrid-factory-with-glittering-mosaic-facade/

[9] chairs: http://inhabitat.com/tal-gur-upcycles-old-newspapers-into-the-daily-chair/

[10] inspiration: http://inhabitat.com/washed-ashore-sculptures-of-marine-life-made-from-the-debris-that-endangers-them/

[11] family home: http://inhabitat.com/new-building-panel-promises-high-r-values-and-comfortable-interiors/

[12] Frame Mag: http://www.framemag.com/news/2274/Breaking-the-Bottle-by-Mark-Reigelman.html

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