Oct 19, 2013

Glasstress 2013

No visit to Venice is complete without a sail over to Murano Island.  Even if you’re not particularly into glass, art, or glass art, it’s still one for the bucket list.  To make the most of our only full day in Venice, we had first sailed to the Cemetery on Isola di San Michele before sailing over to Murano.  Murano’s like a miniature Venice, except pretty much every single store is a glass trinket or art shop.

The first few stores that I walked into left me fairly unimpressed.  Yes, there were some really amazing works of art here and there, but the rest were just glass beads, vases, miniature animals, etc, that I could’ve sworn I’ve seen in bulk at wholesale factories in China and Thailand.

Luckily by the time we got to the other end of the tiny island, Murano redeemed itself by having a really cool gallery called Glasstress.  Unlike the other galleries, we actually had to pay for this one, and as you’ll see, it was worth every penny.  So glad that we randomly stumbled upon it.  It was pretty much empty when we were there, so we stayed for a couple hours just snapping away at the pieces.  Here are some of my favorites:

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These made me think of jellyfish
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The man –he’s a halogram
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Giant sunflower
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This one was so cool!  It blew a stream of bubbles out of the mouth.
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Artificial
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There was a poem looped all the way around this mirrored wall
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I’ve never much for glass art before, but this visit has given me a new found appreciation for it.  Glasstress was alone worth visiting Murano for.  Looking at the Glasstress website, it looks like this exhibit has been held every other year since 2009.  This year, it’s going until November 24th, so if you get a chance to go before then, do it.

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