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THE ART OF GLASS MAKING:

CZECH ARTIST PAYS TRIBUTE TO WOOD AND FIRE

This September London Design Festival and V&A Museum will host the unique glass installation by an internationally acclaimed Czech artist Rony Plesl. The artwork, consisting of three large glass pieces illuminating in fluorescent green light, is largely inspired by the idea of Sacred Geometry – a universal language organising all visible and invisible reality according to basic geometrical principles.

Rony Plesl is well-known for his original glass sculptures and glassware. He creates primarily works of fine arts, works for architecture and design works; his limited collections of hand-blown and hand-ground vases and glassware became some highly-wanted collector’s items. Plesl’s timeless, radical designs attracted many famous brands. In 2017 he was appointed the Art Director of the Czech brand Rückl, for whom he created an award-winning comprehensive design concept. In the past several years, the artist have been studying the concept of “universal geometry” , which combines his respect for the mathematical principles of the universe and his individual interpretation of them.

Rony Plesl, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Sacred Geometry installation consists of three identical large-scale hexagonal glass tree trunks that are located on the floors of V&A Museum, precisely inside the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Contrasting to their pure minimalist structure is a glowing forest made of uranium glass that emanates a sublime green fluorescent light, reminding us at the same time, of branches and flames. In this particular way, the installation as a whole pays tribute to the key components of glass making – fire and wood. These large glass pieces were possible to fabricate only thanks to a new ground-breaking glass technology of melted glass developed by the Czech company Bolety.

“The polished crystal and uranium glass which responds to UV radiance, provides me with a unique opportunity to bring transformation into our pseudo-platonic world and push the boundaries of Czech glass sculpture created by professor Libensky and geometric sculpture of Frantisek Vizner.”-  Rony Plesl comments on his art work.

The artist’s radiant installation also reflects on the history of Czech glass, which is richly represented in the V&A’s collections. “The art work of Rony Plesl, among others, stands at corn stone of the Czech Centre London strategy to showcase the best and most innovative examples of the Czech glass art in the UK” says the Czech Centre’s director Premysl Pela.

Sacred Geometry installation is a part of London Design Festival 2019 and can be seen at the Victoria&Albert Museum from September 14 till September 22, 2019.

Produced in cooperation with American philanthropist Trish Duggan and the Bolety brand.

Supported by Czech Center London, The Embassy of The Czech Republic in London and Techo.

Edited by Joanna Zając

Rony Plesl exhibition, Fire walk with me, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Rony Plesl exhibition, Fire walk with me, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Rony Plesl exhibition, Big Bang, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Rony Plesl exhibition, Big Bang, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Rony Plesl exhibition, Fire walk with me, Credit Rony Plesl Studio

Rony Plesl exhibition, Fire walk with me, Credit Rony Plesl Studio