Rui Sasaki is a Japanese glass artist who has been creating stunning sculptures for over 15 years. The artist has made a number of amazing sculptures over the years, but her Liquid Sunshine piece is one of the most impressive: a sequence of phosphorescent glass bubbles that emit light as a visitor enters the space.

The artist asked herself, “How can I picture sunshine in glass?” when making this installation. Rui was interested in capturing sunlight with phosphorescent glass because she didn’t get much of it in Toyama. “Living in a foggy atmosphere taught me how important sunshine is for my mental and physical health,” the artist explained. Each bubble is charged by a solarium light that turns off when a person enters the room, leaving only the glass orbs to illuminate the space. After that, as the light fades, the space gradually darkens.

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Japanese artist Rui Sasaki’s Liquid Sunshine installation consists of a series of glowing glass orbs

Image source: Liquid Sunshine / I am a Pluviophile, Rui Sasaki, Japan, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, 2018. Blown glass with phosphorescent material, broad-spectrum UV lights, motion detector. 33rd Rakow Commission. Photo by Yasushi Ichikawa. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The artist says that completing one of her pieces can take between a month and three years to complete.

The artist states, “I want to attract attention to the moment when I learn who I am in this universe of empty and dead space.” The uncanny becomes a useful tool in her work, allowing her to recall her own true memories from the buried and forgotten ones.

Image source: Liquid Sunshine / Soranimitsurouka, Rui Sasaki, Japan, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, 2020. Photo by Kichiro Okamura.

At first glance, it may seem impossible to imagine how this design could have been created.

Liquid Sunshine / I am a Pluviophile, image source Rui Sasaki, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, 2018. Blown glass with phosphorescent substance, UV lamps with a broad spectrum, and a motion detector Rakow Commission No. 33. Yasushi Ichikawa took the photo. The Corning Museum of Glass provided this image.

Looking at these frames shows how complex this process is

No matter how much time is spent on this process, it actually turns out to be a fantastic creation in the end.

This design is designed in such a way that it is impossible to imagine how the design was done at first glance. And this is really beautiful.


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