During a visit to Glashütte Lamberts in Waldsassen, Germany – one of the oldest mouth-blown glass factories in the world – Wintrebert was struck by the piles of freshly made glass cylinders, waiting to be flattened out to create panes of glass.
“I was fascinated by how beautiful and simple they were,” he explains. “My curiosity and fascination peaked. I instinctively wanted to create something out of these. I saw them as a part of something bigger, something beyond being a unit in a production line.”
Taking inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement’s attempts to “bring the beauty of nature back into our lives” and working in close collaboration with leading glass specialist Vessel Gallery and supporters Perrier-Jouët, Wintrebert’s installation plays with the balance of light and form, as well as the paradoxical strength and fragility of glass.
“Every cylinder is hand-blown and therefore unique,” he says.
“By stopping the process before it becomes a window and displaying it in our lives, I am saying that something totally handmade and extremely simple
can enhance beauty in our lives and therefore enhance our experiences in a positive way. This seems so important.”
Gallery 111, Medieval and Renaissance (Level 3) Entrance foyer to Gallery 131 Glass (Level 4)
13 – 21 September
Supported by Perrier-Jouet