Michel Martens Unique Sculpture in Mirrored Glass
Michel Martens, sculpture, mirrored glass, metal Belgium, 1970s
Belgium artist Michel Martens is famous for his impressive glass art. He created this postmodern piece of art in the 1970s. Two columns rise up from a small metal squared plate. The mirrored glass surface interacts with its surrounding in the way that it reflects the light and mirrors the room. Due to the fact that both columns are slightly tilted the sculpture has a dynamic appeal.
Martens (1921-2006) was a respected designer of stained glass windows and had an impressive career creating stained glass windows for churches. His credo was 'light is my material, glass my medium'. Martens was an autodidact and first taught himself the technique of stained windows. He designed an impressive 7000 meters stained glass between 1947 and 1989 for churches and monasteries. From 1968 onwards, Martens started to lose the church as a main client and therefore started to develop a practice in which he worked with mirrors that were also suitable for the private sector and private homes. With his radical and modern approach to glass art, Martens became part of the Post-war Abstract Modernist movement. Using mirrored glass opened up new perspectives for Martens. He even started using industrial glass as well, for his so-called 'Crazy Mirrors'. His artworks are now part of private and museum collections worldwide.
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